Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Stupidity "knows" no boundries

It hardly matters which country - a large number of people know very little. Years of education or propaganda through the media has made no impression on many people's general knowledge. Whether it is the US, the UK or any of the Anglo-Saxon countries, state education or years of television news has not penetrated an unknown number of heads which might as well be filled with the air-filled vacuum of billiard balls. Newspapers that require thought and intellect are only read by a minor proportion of the population. The following clips would have been almost certainly edited to include mostly the empty-headed. Funny? Yes. An indictment of the relevance of education and knowledge in people's lives? Less so.

Given how the economic landscape is changing rapidly one wonders how a large section of the population who have grown up with a number of economic "certainties", such as the price of homes will rise, will cope.

This is a two year-old clip from the USA

This is another from the UK

Mark Twain:

"First, God created idiots. That was just for practice. Then He created school boards."

Given the irrelevance of the state-managed education curriculums in each country and the inequalities at work within their education systems, it's a wonder that "most of us can chew gum and walk at the same time".

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