Drawing upon exhaustive research, personal anecdotes, and historical and social analysis, The Dumbest Generation presents a portrait of the young American mind at this critical juncture, and lays out a compelling vision of how we might address its deficiencies.In most circumstances, the cases and situations have been taken from. An empowered mob of ill-educated cultural amnesiacs—even, or especially, those capable of encoding software—is exactly the sort of danger the founders sought to counter when they created the institutions of our republic. Who has the time? Maintaining a vibrant democracy is not the same as writing a Wikipedia entry; it is not even the same as voting. Or do they? The problem is that instead of using the Web to learn about the wide world, young people instead mostly use it to gossip about each other and follow pop culture, relentlessly keeping up with the ever-shifting lingua franca of being cool in school. Though this powerful service has many benefits, it has also created several important negative issues as well. It requires actually engaging the tradition that created the freedom and prosperity we enjoy every time we click onto our Internet browsers. Members of a project team or a committee can email, share data and information, conduct analyses, discuss issues, and prepare reports with few, if any, face-to-face meetings.
Time for a Reality Check? He cites the segment on the Tonight show in which Jay Leno asks passersby, almost all of them young, questions of basic knowledge that most sentient Americans could answer.Stuart G. Something is different every time. That engagement is what, with cause, Bauerlein worries will become lost in our computer-dominated, youth empowered, attention-deficit-disordered culture. If anything, Bauerlein understates the claims of the futurists, technologists, and pie-eyed educational consultants. And no wonder. They can pick up free newspapers at every corner, and can hang out at airy book stores with venti lattes and comfy chairs. With it, we can do research in five minutes that, a few decades ago, may have taken five days elapsed time using our local library. And, though Bauerlein persuades us that the Millennials are indeed dumb, his argument that they are setting records on that score is less convincing: after all, American anti-intellectualism and the baleful effects of the media have been perennial targets of complaint. He cites the segment on the Tonight show in which Jay Leno asks passersby, almost all of them young, questions of basic knowledge that most sentient Americans could answer.
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The technology that was supposed to make young adults more aware, diversify their tastes, and improve their verbal skills has had the opposite effect. It is a depleted public life, a diminished democracy, and an all but lost cultural heritage.
Several of the cases and situations have "seed" questions provided to assist the reader in the analysis of the case.