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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

When you're too stupid to join the Army, you're pretty stupid

On one hand this is a sad commentary on the state of public education in the US, but on the other hand it's nice to know the US Army has some intelligence standards for recruits....

From FoxNews -- Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The report by The Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military and education leaders that the pool of young people qualified for military service will grow too small.

Obviously you can lay the blame for this outrage squarely at the feet of the malignancy known as teachers' unions and their unholy alliance with the liberals in the federal government. Most high-school graduation exams are given at an 8th grade level so that most of the students can pass it. This is how abysmally stupid most American high-school graduates are.

Why isn't it at a 12th grade level? Because the teachers would have to teach at a level at which most of them aren't willing to be trained. But I'm glad the Army, not exactly famous for hiring Rhodes scholars, is pointing this out. I mean how stupid do you have to be to fail the Army's acceptance test?

Army recruiter: "State your SSAN"

Potential recruit: "253-1.....dude, check out this youtube clip on my iPhone"

Army recruiter *rolls eyes*: "Next!"


Bill said...

The local news anchor was reading this story on the 'prompter this morning. She reported an example of an "easy question" these failures couldn't get right. "If 2+2=4, what is X?"

There's clearly not enough information in that equation to answer it for X. I guessed that the question should have read, "If 2+X=4, what is X?" but that's not what she said. The funny thing is, nobody at the station reacted at all.

Ed said...

Bill, I love how stupid news readers are, especially the local ones. We catch them in all manner of sheer idiocy all the time and just shake our heads. They are as clueless as the recruits they're reporting on.

Bill said...

At least they're not as openly left wing as the national ones.

Anonymous said...

"Obviously you can lay the blame for this outrage squarely at the feet of the malignancy known as teachers' unions and their unholy alliance with the liberals in the federal government."

As Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt's book, "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America", chronicles, the cause of America's dismal education system is much more sinister than that.

ed said...

Glen, explain sil vous plait?

Anonymous said...


This book argues that the academic meltdown in our public education system is intentional. It asserts that change agents have been working at the Education Department to change curriculum, not to improve teaching but to promote a socialist agenda.

Their role is to create schools which will mold obedient citizens who no longer have the knowledge and skills to improve their lot in life, but are dependent on government/multi-national companies' guidance to survive.

The system will create imprisoned citizens that will be managed from cradle to grave to serve the needs of the state's managed economy.

The book is clearly written, copiously documented, and finally answers the question "Why can't our kids read, write, and count?"

ed said...

Thanks Glen, I'm going to find a copy and check it out over the holidays. I'll report back here and we can discuss it. It might be the seminal issue of our generation, but has gone unnoticed because it's not an official conspiracy, just a like-minded effort on the part of liberals who think the imperial State is the answer to all society's ills and that the individual has no place in the centrally planned society.

Anonymous said...

tv news casters = "Im Ron Burgandy, go f*** yourself San Diego!"

Anonymous said...

"I'm going to find a copy...."

Ed, you can download the free e-book version at:


ed said...

I don't have an e-book reader but I have a Books-a-Million, B&N, and numerous used book stores around. I'm sure I can find it. Thanks.

And Merry Christmas Glen, if I don't hear from you before then.

Anonymous said...

Here is a revealing quote from page G-6 of Iserbyt's book.

"As a school board director trying to remove
values clarification from the curriculum in 1977, I was informed by a Congregational
minister at a public school board meeting that parents did not have a right to determine
their children’s values — that it was up to the government schools to do so!"

Anonymous said...

Another revealing quote from Iserbyt's book (pg. G16):

"The concept [Planning, Programming, Budgeting, Management System - PPBS] applied to education works this way: if you know what you have to start with (young, impressionable children) and you know what you want to end up with (citizen-workers for a centrally planned global economy), it is possible to design a system that will achieve that 'outcome'.”

ed said...

Wow! Revealing indeed, Glen.

Thanks for the heads up.