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This is pathetic, and it makes me wonder how many people were omitted for being correct when posed questions.

Americans are stupid.

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sarig
Mar. 3rd, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
It's an australian satirical show, parodying certain american news networks. Why wouldn't it be stupid?
hokeysmoke
Mar. 3rd, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
True.

I'm not one to hide my head in the sand about the inadequacies of the education of my countrymen. There's even a game show here called "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" in which adults are asked questions which form the curriculum of most elementary schools. Not many adults get to admit that they are, indeed, smarter than fifth graders. (I only know this because my husband has a bizarre fascination with this show and I sometimes endure it with him.) I wish we, as a rule, were smarter, and cared more about what's going on in the world. I suppose that I, personally, have a fatalist view of it. I know that I cannot change it, and much of it just makes me feel kind of queasy. I have a general knowledge of what's going on, and for me, that's fine. But I know my geography fairly well - much better than the dolts who were in the video.

I suppose I can't imagine an older gentleman NOT knowing how many World Wars there have been.

*shudders*

By the way, how've you been?
dishapeaches
Mar. 3rd, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I know a lot of stupid people, but I like to think that most American can answer most of those questions correctly.
hokeysmoke
Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I dunno. What kind of schools did you go to, public or parochial? I attended a parochial school for 7 years, then entered the public school system. Once I got to high school I pretty much never had to crack a book. I mentioned "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" to sarig, and how so many people who were contestants weren't smarter than fifth graders, and I certainly wasn't a regular viewer.

Here in Redneckville there's ignorance by the truckload. I was in a local discount store yesterday and saw some specialized champagne flutes... etched in the glass it said "Happy 21th!" In the farm store next to it I saw another sign above some blackberry and blueberry plants that said "FRUIT BARRING PLANTS". At another store I saw another sign that was just as bad, and I can't remember it. I've got to start carrying a camera with me everywhere I go, dammit! Ignorance (or apathy) abounds!
dishapeaches
Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's pretty bad. I've seen a lot of signs with unnecessary apostrophes (one of my biggest pet peeves!), but nothing really spelled wrong, at least not often enough that it stands out in memory. I went to public schools all my life, mostly here in Naperville, but the Naperville school system is one of the best in the country. Back when I was a mortgage consultant, I would get calls all the time from people as far away as California looking to buy a house in Naperville just because they wanted their kids to attend here. I have one sister whose spelling and grammar isn't the greatest, but for the most part, my other two sisters and my brother have good skills. I never really got homework until high school though, and with a study hall to do most of it in, I didn't really have to bring home books very often.

I think a lot of the more *redneck* states, especially the rural areas, didn't place much importance on education, maybe because kids were needed more to work the family farm? IDK. My father was born and raised in Greece, on a family farm, and going to school past eighth grade was actually discouraged, especially for girls. It was right around junior high that I realized that I was smarter than my father, who still thought the Earth revolved around the Sun, believe it or not, lol.
hiddeneloise
Mar. 4th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
As someone who has lived in two countries, and visited many, I am here to tell you that the percentage of stupid per capita is pretty much the same everywhere. I guarantee you if they took the cameras to their own streets, they would have racked up enough stupid people to fill their show. This is an easy joke at the expense of a cliche.

This australian is stupid, too. His very superiority is screaming "generalizing moron." The bottom line is: it's a class issue. The levels of education ... it's easy to laugh at, but it can be found anywhere. Just find the right place with the right people to ask questions.
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