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Today we have more technology to acquire knowledge than than anytime in the past, yet we are more ignorant, what is up with that?

From what I read the knowledge of the average citizen has never been lower. How come?

Schools are doing a poor job.
How come?

The teachers are rewarded on something other than performance.
How come?

The Unions has a huge amount of public influence.
How Come?

They have a lot of money to spend/
How come?

Because various public officials have seen to it that they have collective bargaining.
How come?

Because various government officials have made it so.
How come?

Because these officials benefit hugely because of collective bargaining?
How come?

Because there is no accountability.
How come?

Because the government has slowly made apathy personally beneficial to the voters.

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I did not hear any compelling reason to change my thinking on this. I can be discounted as merely "flag waving" but that is an admission of being guilty of the accusation ie not LOOKING because of preconceived notions.

I think the real answer is an education. I suppose the real question is are people educable? The meme of non prejudice is ubiquitous, and the consequent "I don't make value judgements" renders people quite stupid.

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    Mar 13 2013: As a school teacher for the last 15 years the major change I have noticed regarding the academic success of the average student, is that parents in general take very little interest in the academic success of their children. It's not PC to say to your child that their marks are unacceptable so the child feels no pressure to achieve. I'm just waiting for the time where the entire olympic field for the 100m gets participation medals, then i can enter and win a medal.
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      Mar 14 2013: Well Pedro

      I think what you are describing is an extension of what I was talking a about regarding prejudice and how not evaluating things trains children into an inability to determine importance's.
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      Mar 15 2013: Peter, I'm a little off topic here .. but. Do you send physics homework home? How many parents do you think can help them with physics homework? High schoolers who take physics are achievers. Do you grade on the curve? Is this an honors class? What percent of students are accepted into this class? I think that most parents would find a opportunity to fit ... my kids is excelling in his physics class ... into a conversation. So is a class in physics important to the student or just bragging rights to the parent who probally does not understand any of it. Maybe the pressure to achieve at that level is from peers.

      Bob.
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        Mar 18 2013: My comment was refering to my general teaching. I don't only teach senior physics, I also have general science classes from 7th to 10th grade. Elective physics is available in 11th and 12th grade and in those classes the students are generally self motivated.

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