What I write does not extend to every corner of the Earth all the time. Like tides, the process comes and goes, depending on the situation.
There are times an educated population is required, there are times when it is rejected. There are times when education is specifically limited to a segment of a population, times when it is universal. The decision is political. It has nothing to do with humanity or the greater good, it has to do with here, right now.
There were periods in history in which the population was dumbed down to such an extent that the term used is ‘Dark Ages’. There are times when a population enters an ‘Age of Enlightenment’ or a ‘Renaissance’ in which exposure to education is first on the agenda, and people are encouraged to go as far as fast as they can.
The best example in modern times was the situation that existed directly after World War II in which those who attended school in the 1950s / 1960s / into the early 1970s were pushed as hard as they could manage, so as to create a highly educated thinking population.
Everything was done to insure the child born in the late forties/fifties even into the sixties, was given proper nutrition and exposed to the most education they could manage.
In New York City, for example, children in the sixth grade, (eleven/twelve year olds) were capable of reading and doing math at tenth grade level; (fifteen/sixteen year old; First Year of High School) and were put into special programmes. There were many such children, some ‘skipped’ eight grade, attending an accelerated class which was a combined seventh and eight grade.
University was free and was not ‘watered down’, so that many could gain a very strong education and enter into professional school/Masters programmes as quickly as possible.
Look at a syllabus of a sixth grade class in the mid 1950s and comparing that to a High School (tenth grade) syllabus, what was taught to a twelve year old then is barely reached today.
The process of dumbing down, of creating a stupid population easily led, was the purpose. For after the upswing of protests in the 1960s – 1970s, America decided to cease producing intellectuals and go for sheep.
Persons who entered school in the 1980s would find an end of streaming, which was created to separate the intellectually gifted from the average intellect. This is because, in all groups, be they classrooms, clubs, religious organisations, the stupidest person controls.
The stupidest child in that class room causes lessons to be slowed, repeated, and wastes time. The intelligent child becomes bored. This is treated by ‘diagnosing’ the intelligent child with one of many fabricated ailments which allows them to be turned into zombies by drugs.
The rich, of course, send their children to private schools, or use home schooling, and/or tutors to ensure the education of their child. Those who bear stupid children bribe institutions to accept them and keep them.
It is not only in America where the dumbing down process was implemented, in many countries the grandparents, those who attended school after World War II are surprised by the lack of education given to their grand children.
Whether the grandfather had to learn Latin to graduate High School, or the Grandmother had to get an ‘A’ in biology to enter college, the remarkable lack of education is commented on, and, of course, slapped away, for disrespect for the older generation is virtually ‘vaccinated’ into the younger.
The election of an inarticulate, irrational as Donald Trump could never have happened in the 1950s/1960s/1970s. It happened in 2016 because of the lowered intellect of Americans in general.
It is not only in America, one sees the previously laughable clowns all around the world getting on the ballot, some being elected. The majority of people are so intellectually damaged that they don’t question; they don’t have the capacity to question.
For example, if a political candidate was to stand up and say; “I will reduce income tax!” The intelligent would ask how, and request information as to where the shortfall would be made up. The stupid would vote, then be shocked when property taxes of sales taxes are increased. But it is quite obvious that the money has to come from somewhere, if it isn’t salary deductions then it would be garnered from some other venue.
The intelligent, who didn’t vote for the ‘tax reducer’ would stand nodding. The stupid who voted for the candidate and elected him, would now complain because they can’t afford to pay their property tax, or that their supermarket bill has increased.
Yet, it is perfectly obvious that if one revenue gathering area is limited then another would be increased.
This reality is clear to those who can think, not to those who can not. Hence teaching people not to think, limiting their ability to reason, plays into the hands of the demagogue.
Those who can think, those who are educated, who know the connections between burning coal/air pollution/ illness/lower crop yields, which is simply a matter of logic, can speak, but the dumbed down won’t listen or comprehend what they are hearing.
To create a stupid population isn’t difficult.
Begin at birth and shout ‘the breast is best!’ but do not test the mother to ascertain if she has all the necessary nutriments to be successful. Encourage the poorest, hungriest, most vitamin deprived to breast feed, and a child with permanent brain damage results.
Do not toilet train. Do not teach the child self control or command of his/her body. Let them sit in their own filth until kindergarten.
Do not discipline. Allow the child to run amok and do what s/he pleases until the child suffers death or injury or becomes ‘uncontrollable’ and can be subjected to zombie drugs, destroying what is left of their brain.
Have mock eduction where children are taught at a very low level so that they can not achieve very much and can join the ranks of unskilled and resort to crime to enable them to survive.
Build many prisons in which one set of uneducated can be employed as warders for another set, take others into the military where they can be disposed of, and leave a small core of elite who are educated and can fill the better jobs.
America has been quite successful in this which has placed them in the position of having to go outside of America to bring in competent skilled workers. It is not surprising to see Computer firms filled with ex-pats any more than to find ex-pats as doctors in hospitals. Simply put, the dumbing down has been far more successful than believed.
If other nations, primarily China and Russia, can maintain a highly educated population they will easily be able to out maneuver the United States. That they have done so, China being able to dump its cheap and poorly made goods in the United States, Russia being able to manipulate American politics, is proof that the dumbing down was not universal.