Education Dumbed Down

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I just found this blog and found the article so interesting that I decided to share it.

You can read the story of the invention of the feeding tubes and bedpan here: http://charismaallover.wordpress.com/2008/03/24/bessie-blount-a-black-woman-invented-the-feeding-tube/#comment-608

The author makes some great points. The article is about an interview done with the KKK spokesperson. Seeing that I'm not really interested in hearing anything about the KKK it's amazing that I got past the first few words but since I've read some of her other posts and found them interesting I decided to keep reading. She makes some excellent points.

It's no secret the KKK hates everyone who isn't white and probably even then they hate them if they are not blonde and blue eyed. Their viewpoint makes no sense. Everyone in the USA are ancestors of immigrants if they are not newly arrived immigrants. They believe everyone but caucasions should leave. There's only one problem with that. The irish, italians, russians, greeks, english, scottish, french, etc. were not the first ones to occupy this land, the native american's were. With that thinking they(the KKK) would be leaving too.

Of course their thinking doesn't make sense to anyone but them and they hate everyone who isn't white and they hate alot of people who are white if they don't share their viewpoint. So with that thinking, everyone but them would be leaving.

I agree that our history books don't tell the whole story. They tell the stories of the most popular but what about those people that contributed to history that have never been recognized. Inventions in this country are quite big and I do believe a bedpan and feeding tubes are a necessity in hospitals yet the woman that invented them has never been recognized. I didn't know who invented them and quite honestly never gave it much thought. But until today I never knew this. Why wasn't this in my history book? Why aren't the children today learning that this country was not always computers, cell phones(iphones, blackberries) and modern vehicles?

My uncle and I were talking one day and he made a very good point, he said today alot of kids don't even know what a cow is used for or where milk comes from. You ask alot of kids today where milk comes from and they will tell you Publix, Food Lion, Walmart. WRONG! On the surface, yes, that is where you buy the milk but supermarkets only carry the milk for consumers to buy. They don't make it, process it or package it. Now many supermarkets do have their own distribution warehouses where they package generic products. But the ultimate answer to that question is not Walmart. The milk comes from a cow on a dairy farm. The schools don't teach the kids what hard work running a dairy farm is. Some city kids wouldn't even know what a cow looks like if it weren't for TV. That's sad but an unfortunate pitfall of modern day landscape, architecture and technology. Children today don't really give much thought to where their food comes from or to any other modern amenity except they think they can't do without whatever the latest craze is. And I'm not belittling the computer, cell phone, automobile. Those are no longer luxuries but necessities in an ever changing world.

But the problem I see is children don't learn what it was like a hundred or two hundred years ago. The people of yesteryear didn't have these modern amenities. They had outhouses and walked to a creek often times a long way from their houses to get water. They worked the farms, many had to quit school to help out their parents. And no kid back then had the luxury of saying NO! They were lucky if they got their homework done let alone spend hours playing video games, if they'd had video games back then.

A friend was recently complaining that everything his daughter was learning in school was worthless because she wasn't going to use any of it in the real world. Granted, she probably isn't but if the schools are going to teach history, english skills, mathematics, for heaven's sake make sure when they leave the classroom and go to the next grade they know how to read and write proper sentences(at least write halfway proper english, I claim to be no expert by any stretch of the imagination but I do read well, something my mother taught me because the teacher didn't want to teach me), they know how to add without a calculator and know what went on in history besides just the popular stuff.

At least make sure they don't leave uneducated. Alot of schools today pass kids from one grade to the next without a thought as to whether they know how to read or write and do basic arithmetic let alone care whether they know the less important stuff like who invented the bedpan.

And kids not only need to know the basics but how to think for themselves and develop their own opinions.

BTW, the woman(Bessie Blount) who invented the bedpan and feeding tubes in 1951 was a woman of color. Now ask yourselves if history wasn't biased in some way?

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collegedad 3 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

We are raising generations of people who have no vital skills. People who living in a virtual world of technology where they live synthetic lives. They have no physical connection to the world around them. I feel that it is the responsibility of every parent to educate their children as to where their food and clothing comes from. And I don't me the grocery store. I mean the processes that are employed by hard working men and women to provide for our needs as well as the animals that sacrifice their lives to feed us. I know that these can be inconvenient truths, but we need to do this. We need to teach our children that life is filled with injustice and sacrifice. We need to recognize that our history is jaded and portray life's realities. We need to produce strong men and women who are firmly grounded and unafraid of honest work.

Wow! I shall give up my soapbox now before I say something I regret. LOL


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Jennifer Stone 3 years ago from the Riverbank, England

What a thought provoking hub, and on a subject that (like collegedad) is about to start me on my own soapbox... :-)

I agree completely about schools not educating our children, as you say, basic skills like reading and writing are not taught, children are pandered to and taught all their "rights" instead of basic life skills that will see them survive and be successful in the future. This responsibility has to come back to the parents, because the schools follow a curriculum that has been set by governments with their own agenda, turning our kids into drones...

As for history, well it was written by men of power, which is why it is so male (and white) dominated... Winston Churchill famously said "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it", he did, and it is! Women have been making a difference through inventions and by ruling empires throughout the "secret history" of the world. We've all heard of Genghis Khan right? Well how many people know of the women Mongul rulers who ruled and conquered huge empires, and whilst being fearsome warriors in their own right, also focused on education, religion and construction, raising powerful and intelligent children who could take over from them (unlike Genghis Khan's sons who were weak and prone to drinking)... look up Toregene, Sorkhokhtani and Manduhai. Women have also invented and made scientific discoveries that have shaped our world today, from kevlar to COBAL (a computer programming language) and unsurprisingly, the first automatic dishwasher invented in 1889 by Josephine Garis Cochran, to name but a few... :-)

Time for me to climb down from my soapbox now, thanks for this hub, really enjoyed reading it and having my rant afterwards.. :-) All the best, Jen


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sassygrrl32 3 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Author

Don't feel bad. What you said I couldn't have said better myself. When I wrote this first article I wanted to write a second but didn't have time. I want to keep this on the backburner of probably writing another article because there were still things I wanted to say. And more research....


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ambercita04 3 years ago from Winter Park

School and what is taught is based upon the teachers, not the textbooks. The problem comes with not having good teachers or good teachers being run out of schools because they stand up to the politics of schooling. I used to teach, but left for a few different reasons. But I will tell you that there were a few teachers that went above their calling. One teacher I know used to make the history book come alive by having his students re-enact the lesson. Another teacher broke away from the textbook and dove into novels instead and then connected them with history. Yes, education may be lacking when it comes to the textbooks that our schools choose, but great teachers know that the textbook is just that. You don't have to make your lesson revolve around it. You can use it as a guide but use the benchmarks as your foundation. And by the way, most schools do celebrate Black History month and most history and English teachers take the time to teach about those of color who made a difference in our nation.


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sassygrrl32 3 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Author

I've no doubt some teachers take time to teach about those of color that have contributed to history and most certainly all schools celebrate black history month(they should be anyway) but I've also no doubt that schools don't contribute enough time to those lesser known individuals in history and definitely not to women. Up until only a few years ago everything was male dominated and sorry to say this, white dominated as well....

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