Honestly, on one hand, I do enjoy the relatively FREE PRESS position of HubPages. Over my 9 years here, I feel I can state that HP is a pretty good place for all of us Hubbers to post our opinions on a wide variety of subjects.
But, one thing I have learned is that often, sometimes too often, I see totally ridiculous short posts from a person that seems to express unbelievable opinions on silly subjects.
OK, OK, I'm not thinking of proposing some kind of limitation to our free press rights.
But, I do want to propose that we establish an award for certain of the more radical statements from some Hubbers.
Usually, when I see some really, what I consider, STUPID statement from someone, I don't proliferate it by commenting. Rather, I refrain and just watch as others comment in an effort to explain just how stupid their statement was.
Myself, I don't want to call someone stupid in front of our Hubber audience, so I just chew on my pencil (so to speak) and read on even though I consider the other person's ridiculous writing to be stupid.
Now to my point, I propose the placement of a button where a reader can press it and a counter is incremented for that Hub.
If the counter hits a set number (12? 100? ???) a badge is placed next to the title of the Hub. The button should simply be labeled; "YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID".
I think this would not only be entertaining for the rest of my fellow Hubbers, but it would be a type of warning to the Hub writer that they should go back and reconsider their Hub along with how they expressed their opinion.
How about a similar one for the dumbest questions people submit. I've had some real whoppers!
I get ridiculous questions. Lately, it's been trendy for married people to write me to ask me if they are compatible. If they are married, shouldn't they know? I used to try to interpret, but lately I hit delete on most of them.
LOL! Certainly! In fact we could probably evolve our list useful buttons to maybe a dozen specific responses.
Could be fun and definitely the badge would only be displayed to signed-in users.
You do know that every trafficked political hub would get this badge?
Every Republican hub after the Democrats are through with it.
Every Democrat hub after the Republicans are through with it.
Yeah, you're probably right, but what Fun it would be when you read an obviously "STUPID" submission by someone to just place a tag on it that expresses some lone reader's (yours) opinion of its content.
In our present age of extreme Political Correctness, just being able to press that anonymous button would be a great outlet for many of us.
And as I think about it, the number of button pushes would average out to something for the writer to consider.
So what if the average button pushes for the world of Hubs is say 10 (or 100 or 1000???), and your article is riding near that average??
Oh, Well, it was just an idea for us to use and avoid arguments while use\ing a more civilized way to critique certain Hubs. I think it could read to more Hubs being read actually!!
It is just a sign of how ignorant some people are - sad but true.
Unfortunately, those are the ones who think they're so smart!
Kenna - I believe the majority of our population no longer reads or cares about "signs". The only "signs" deemed significant enough to be responded to in today's society are displayed on a Smart Phone screen!
There have always been stupid, ignorant people, but never so many before our politicians started dumbing down our schools. I was there as a teacher in the mid 80's and watched it happening. I knew then that we were in trouble. You cannot have a society of thinking people if you don't teach them how to think!
Yes. Their doors are locked tight and there is no way they are willing to unlock them, open them, and enjoy the fruits of willing to know.
I think our population still wants to look down on people for arbitrary age-related reasons. iPhones are just this generation "devil's music". Go back a bit further and eating sugar-candy was making us all moronic degenerates. Before that it was probably new fangled cave paintings. People are the same now as they have ever been, which is to say, pretty judgmental,
It starts with one kid and helping them learn how to study not memorize or rotely learn, but to understand what they are learning so they can apply it in life. There are schools that follow this method - Learning How to Learn. For that matter, there are other counties that use this method.
I helped my daughter with her studies, and she is a Straight-A student. Her college professors are impressed with her smart writing.
Do any schools emphasis rote learning any more, I thought that was a thing of the past. I agree that curiosity and knowing how to solve problems is far more important than learning facts.
As a teacher I never followed the guidelines set forth from our county because I knew they were BS. I integrated creative thinking into my lesson plans, and my students thrived. These days if parents don't have the time or ability to teach their kids how to think and analyze, those kids will never grow up to understand their lives and the roles they play in the world. Once the politicians took over, it was game over, and it has only gotten worse. The irony of it all is that thinking and analyzing are learned skills, and it takes very little time to teach them. Real Pity.
Rote learning and memorization are still happening because kids are tested. Look at the standardized testing, multiple choice questions.
There are projects and other methods for getting kids away from studying for a test. The grade is based on percentages 30% tests/ 30% projects/ 40% participation (as an example.)
My son was an elementary school teacher for 4 yrs. He hated the lack of creativity, the rote learning, and the way the teachers all had to teach to the standardized tests. He felt it was all so dumbed down too. Also, the parents bully the teachers. He said he learned everything he knew from his father and I. We were always readers. I used to look at his college work, and it was all information I covered back in High School. It's a shame what our educational system has become. The teachers are lazy, and they don't get well paid. Plus our culture doesn't respect learning the way other ones do.
Nowadays, the educational establishment is quick to label kids instead of teaching them. It's bare cold fact the mental health industry sucks. Remove them and their colorized screen of lies and half-truths and education will do so much better like it used to be.
Teaching is so overrated My kids were unschooled and allowed to follow their own interests. I encouraged them to teach themselves. Youngest is 17 and just applying for university after two years of college. We got her interim college report yesterday - straight As in everything pertaining to her course.
You are in the UK. Dumbing down is not a thing there, yet. Luckily
I'm afraid it is We gave up with school when our six year old son's teacher refused to give him reading books appropriate to his ability in order to hold him back to 'keep him level with his peers'. Took him out and he read the first Harry Potter a year later. My kids aren't extra-special clever by any means. But they have never lost the love of learning that toddlers have naturally.
Yes, but they obviously were lucky to have an intelligent, thinking parent...but how many do? Parents these days have come through the system so haven't learned thinking skills themselves...so removing them from schools doesn't always work out.
You are right up to a point. Both my partner and I came through the system and our older children went that way also. However, there is always time to learn another way. And we did learn lots alongside the children.
I found that I didn't need to know stuff in order to contribute to their education. We could find out as we went along. It was most fun, exasperating, and rewarding way of life. We didn't have much money because I had to work from home (like now) but it was worth it.
I am fortunate to have friends who were hands on parents. They're kids are now responsible adults. They didn't bank on the educational system.
Ooh... I much prefer the hands-off approach Let them get on with it, I say. Sharp tools and climbing trees encouraged. Free range children.
I'm sort of joking with you, but I really do believe that children need to find their feet in the world. We're not here to stop them hurting themselves but to pick them up and dust them down afterwards. And that goes for any age.
We found that treating them with respect resulted in them treating us, others, and their environment similarly. Good manners don't require teaching, they require modeling. Like parent, like child.
I, too, worked from home. Dusting them off is the best moments in my life.
Not sure this is a good idea. A "you can't fix stupid badge" might hinder the stupid from future commenting. Think what would happen to the economy!
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