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mrigor 2011/10/15 16:35:25
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  • Earthly Resident 2011/10/16 01:32:49
    Agree
    Earthly Resident
    +1
    truth can hurt, but we shouldn't ignore it
  • Paradox25 2011/10/16 00:33:06
    Agree
    Paradox25
    +4
    This is because it is not considered 'cool' or 'masculine' in America to be known as an intelligent person. In fact it is frowned upon in this country. It really is the little things.
  • Crazy Bill Paradox25 2011/10/16 02:13:56
    Crazy Bill
    +2
    As a person of reasonable intelligence I can verify that it is not all good. When I meet new people I have to start at the lowest common denominator and see how they stack up in the smarts department. Some people I have met call me a 'showoff' if I accidentally use a big word or two.
    We do need smart people if we are to make it in the future.
  • Paradox25 Crazy Bill 2011/10/16 02:56:02
    Paradox25
    +3
    There is a whole industry of self-help, dating advice, media, peer pressure, etc that over emphasizes confidence, arrogance, hypermasculinity, coolness, etc. Intelligence, humility, emphathy and honesty all take a backseat. What I'm talking about here is not off topic but has everything to do with the issue at hand. In Europe intelligence, emphathy and more balanced males (mentally) is considered a 'cool' thing unlike here in America. Until the mindsets of people in America start to mature no educational legislation is going to change anything.

    I am the only person to give this answer and you want to know why? It is because I'm right and most people are too uncomfortable talking about this. Why do you think boys are bombing out at school and girls are doing much better? In America boys are programmed to behave stupidly. Also girls who do well in school and go on to graduate from college are less likely to take interest in any scientific discipline unlike a boy.
  • Kingpin Paradox25 2011/10/16 07:16:02
    Kingpin
    +1
    The TV commercials portray ALL Adult males as incompetent ninnies.The latest ones.?

    1. Chase card; " He begged and pleaded to go to Rock camp..so I'm using the card points and sending my husband to Rock Camp" He is dressed like a total geek.

    2. Att : Husband looking like a geek again...signing up for free text with family plan..excited to gain approval tells his wife .His wife calls his an idiot, scolds him for not getting prior approval form her, as it must cost a fortune, Then stabs him in the heart with "My mother was right, I should have married so and so.......
  • Paradox25 Kingpin 2011/10/17 00:39:47
    Paradox25
    In Europe most women find intelligent men attractive without the hypermasculinity facade requirement unlike here in America. Perhaps the only exceptions to that are if they are rich. Unfortunately how men in America want to be perceived goes far beyond just the dating factor. I don't bring up women here since most women seem to have little interest in scientific fields to begin with.
  • Kingpin Paradox25 2011/10/17 14:00:59
    Kingpin
    Unless, of course, you could spin straw into gold. Women would listen for hours to the chemical process going on there. hahaha
  • Crazy Bill Paradox25 2011/10/16 16:30:12
    Crazy Bill
    +1
    My experience;
    2nd grade recommendation to skip 3rd but my mother would not agree.
    3rd through 8th grade I was the smart kid called "The Brain".
    No fun at all.
    I was definitely too smart to have friends my own age and did not enjoy grade school.
    I had more teacher friends than other kids for friends.
    It is definitely hard to fit in but I have a lifetime of hiding my smarts so I can at least fake it.
  • Mike56 2011/10/15 23:11:09 (edited)
    Agree
    Mike56
    +1
    Agree.

    And would like to add: until Damn Demns (and co-owning them Unions) assert their power in education, this country is going to be in decline.

    Let's get rid of the "liberals" who are running the educational system now, revamp and retool the schooling and get back American leading positions in science.
  • Bob DiN Mike56 2011/10/16 09:26:18
    Bob DiN
    +1
    Agreed.
  • Dickens 2011/10/15 21:59:40
    Agree
    Dickens
    +2
    ...it doesn't take an astrophysicist (that's a rocket scientist, Americans) to figure out that an uneducated populace will never be as prosperous as an educated one
  • Mike56 Dickens 2011/10/15 23:02:03
    Mike56
    I depends. If you are sitting on oil like Saudis, Iranians and Venezuelans, their most ignorant people can be rich.
  • Eddie 2011/10/15 21:43:24
    Agree
    Eddie
    +4
    We as Americans continue to cling to the old belief that America is and always will be the greatest country in the world. What we are alinging to are the glories of the 40's, 50's and partially the early 60's. In truth the US has been in decine for generations. True foriegners come here to learn. But who are they learning from. Look at the proffesors and academics doing the teaching. How many of them are foreign born themselves. Even the atomic bomb and early scpace race in which we landed the first man on the moon were thanks to foreign born scientists that were either brought to or came to America. Which is fine. We are after all a nation built on immigration. The recent tests in neutrinos, in which Einstein's speed of light rule was broken, was carried out overseas.
    Now these students have and are returning to their countries of origin with their knowledge and those countries are reaping the benefit. Soon we'll see a significant decline in even the education visa enrollments as they will no longer have to journey to America for the educations they can recieve at home. Many say that they come here because they can make more money here. But that too is changing rapidly.
    If it isn't already too late, Americans need to wake up and realise that the American empire of influence...




    We as Americans continue to cling to the old belief that America is and always will be the greatest country in the world. What we are alinging to are the glories of the 40's, 50's and partially the early 60's. In truth the US has been in decine for generations. True foriegners come here to learn. But who are they learning from. Look at the proffesors and academics doing the teaching. How many of them are foreign born themselves. Even the atomic bomb and early scpace race in which we landed the first man on the moon were thanks to foreign born scientists that were either brought to or came to America. Which is fine. We are after all a nation built on immigration. The recent tests in neutrinos, in which Einstein's speed of light rule was broken, was carried out overseas.
    Now these students have and are returning to their countries of origin with their knowledge and those countries are reaping the benefit. Soon we'll see a significant decline in even the education visa enrollments as they will no longer have to journey to America for the educations they can recieve at home. Many say that they come here because they can make more money here. But that too is changing rapidly.
    If it isn't already too late, Americans need to wake up and realise that the American empire of influence and intellect not to mention innovation is coming to is conclusion. Look around the world. I dond mean just that part of the world mired in war and turmoil but the other 80% of the world. Where are the new wonders of achitecture and innovation emerging. It's not in the US. Even the Mexicans are going home. Not because of new anti-immigration rhetoric and laws but because the opportunities that thry came here for are steadily drying up.
    I remember when I was a kid sitting at the dining table and hearing my parents say "Eat everything on your plate. There are starving children in China that would love to have that food." How long before people in China are telling their children the same thing about kids in America? Maybe they do already.
    The jobs are going quickly.
    Our government judges the unemployment numbers by how many people are on unemployment. They don't even count those who've exausted their welfare benefits but are still unemployed. Or those who don't qualify for assistance because they have no address to send the checks to or were previously self employed but now have no work to do. In short whatever they say the unemployment numbers are you can easily add another one third to one half on top of that number to realize the real number of unemployed. Then there are the millions who are trying to support a family on minimum wage employment at the local fast food joint because that's all they could find even with their college degrees.
    And at it's core it isn't a Republican or a Democrat thing. It's a frame of mind thing. It's supply and demand thing. You can stop all the morgage forclosures in the country and there still won't be any jobs to keep the lights on in those homes. Tax everyone to the hilt but what is the government gonna do when that money is gone? The reality is that we must do a lot of things that neither side wants. We must start using our own resources. Drill for oil in Alaska and the gulf. If we do so responsibly the wildlife will adapt just like they have everywhere else. So what if it costs a little more than it does to buy oil from overseas. Forget the profits in lieu of creating jobs for Americans who will in turn spend their money here. Agencies like the EPA probably don't need to be abolished but they do need to come off of having a rule to block everything possible. Create a national health insurance. We can still have insurance paid health insurance for those that can afford it. Understandibly the insurace based health plans will be better and pay better than a state system. New doctors and interns and nurses can work in the state system until they build the senority or find a place in the insurance based system. Whats the problem we already have medicare and medicaid. Like it or not those are socialist programs. So stop yelling socialist every time you turn around. Our nation was built on blending cultures and beliefs into a distinctly American balance. There is no reason why capitalist and socialist programs can't be blended as well. Reduce the size of the Federal governmnet and return more power to the states. That will facilitate a more expediant response time to problems. Everyone can't have it their own way on a national level but they can come a lot closer on a state level. If someone doesn't like thigs in one state then they can move to another. And if some program doesn't work wouldn't it be a lot better to have the damage done in one state than in the whole nation. Create something like the CCC was under Roosevelt to get people back to work and help build up the nations infrastructure again. That program took advantage of local labor and local resources. And worked well. Maybe we do need to go back some to get ahead. Maybe we do need to let the rest of the world move ahead of us for a bit while we get our crap back together. So what's wrong with that? Put our military to work guarding our borders while we reorganize and reorient ourselves from within. Maybe it's time we learn a thing or two from the outside world instead of assuming we have all or the answers all the time.
    There is an old saying,"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Aren't you tired of the world thinking America is a fool with a big gun?
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  • Illjwamh Eddie 2011/10/16 01:31:18
  • Ken Eddie 2011/10/16 03:13:41
    Ken
    +1
    As Thomas Paine said “…virtue, …, is not hereditary, neither is it perpetual. …We have it in our power to begin the world over again. …” This has been true of every generation of Americans and it is still true today.

    Remember when those foreign students go home they take with them not only an American education but also American values. This year I began to see the fruits of this efforts when I saw "Americans" marching on the streets in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Syria. American values will improve the quality of life for those who follow them...and those who do not will fall behind. If America falls behind, it is because we have abandoned core values such as "public education"..."open borders" ... "a fair wage for a fair days work" ... the right to keep that which you produce....the strength of the voluntary collective...etc.
  • Child of light 2011/10/15 21:33:16
    Disagree
    Child of light
    The reason that our education system is failing is because we spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, tax, spend, spend, and tax. Got a problem at your school? Throw more money at it. Bullying at your school? Throw money at it. Students not doing good in classes and failing? Throw more money at it. Teachers aren't qualified to teach? Throw more money at it. That's always the solution these days. If it's not working, throw money at it. Still not working? Throw even more money at it. We need accountability with the money. We need to give the schools incentive to produce more quality education, not throw more money at it.

    The US has the worst educational system known to science? Obviously, he doesn't know about the educational system in the third world Krapistan countries. What kind of third world countries can put a man on the moon? Several times and back home safely? Not the third world. No, not even a single European country has done that. In fact, No country in the world has put a man on the moon, besides the United States of America.

    No other country has the capability of creating the most advanced Aircraft carriers that the United States has. No other country knows how to make the world's most advanced air crafts. In fact, not many countries even know how to make air planes of any kind.

    You want better education? Implement school vouchers. That will boost our education level. Not throwing more money at it.
  • Cthulhu Child o... 2011/10/15 23:05:35
    Cthulhu
    +1
    We have a ton of divorces and broken families in America. What about that as a cause of our educational lapses?
  • Child o... Cthulhu 2011/10/15 23:09:26
    Child of light
    +1
    That is also a major cause in our educational lapses
  • Illjwamh Child o... 2011/10/16 01:25:17
    Illjwamh
    +1
    The moon landing is not a relevant example as it happened over 40 years ago. As for the rest of what you're saying, didn't you listen? A lot of the people who invent this stuff are foreign-born.
  • Child o... Illjwamh 2011/10/22 05:59:11
    Child of light
    But to say that the US science standard is comparable to that of third world countries is just retarded.

    They may have been foreign born, but they only create and/or discover something here in the United States because of our freedoms. Freedoms, I might add, that can be found in no other country in the world.
  • Illjwamh Child o... 2011/10/22 10:55:36
    Illjwamh
    That's not true, either. There are plenty of countries that are just as free as we are. A large part of why so many people came here was the money. Money allows for more opportunities, but we've been steadily losing that advantage as well.
  • Chukroast 2011/10/15 21:32:48
    Agree
    Chukroast
    +3
    I wholeheartedly agree with Kaku. We've always been a nation of immigrants and we used to be able to wisely choose who was allowed in the country (vis a vis: after WWII, bringing all the German scientists here to work on our missile program). But, it seems that, after being Americanized and going through several generations of struggling . . . later generations become lazy about serious study and want to spend more time in play and leisure.

    It's not that we don't have the brain power to compete, it's that we don't (and unfortunately because of our slovenly education habits, can't) have the set of skills and knowledge required to call upon that brain power and get the job done. End of story.
  • Piper 2011/10/15 19:43:23
    Agree
    Piper
    +2
    Michio Kaku is very good at pointing out "hard truths". (As the other guy holds forth with his plastic water bottle waving around.......)
  • Anna E 2011/10/15 18:46:13
    Agree
    Anna E
    +5
    That ain't news. Kaku's dead right. America's genius is borrowed. The other dood has a good point, too. The US destroys incentives for developing its own geniuses.
  • Cthulhu 2011/10/15 18:44:59 (edited)
    Agree
    Cthulhu
    +3
    We import our doctors too ... and we should keep doing so (if we can) while we get our act together. Soon I hope.

    Michio Kaku is always an interesting listen.
  • Piper Cthulhu 2011/10/15 19:44:30
    Piper
    +2
    Yeah, that was one the first things I thought of too.
  • TruBluTopaz 2011/10/15 18:20:24
    Agree
    TruBluTopaz
    +2
    I have to agree to an extent. But there's a reason why those people flock here and that is because they can make more money than they can back in China or India or Japan. But the Globalists seek to equalize earnings by moving jobs overseas or by suggesting that the only way you can import brains. However, we do have students here that can and do compete. Our problem is our basic idea that every single student is and should be fitted for college. We have to, by law, educate every single kid that shows up. Even if they are disabled. Even if they are illegal. Even if they don't speak English. If you want to see where the sinkhole is in education, look at your own local districts expenditures on special education and ELL/ESL programs. While I have no problem with the student who has physical disabilities but who is still capable of learning at grade level or near, we are providing what amounts to daycare for students until they are 21 years old and age out of the program. And in some schools that means kids show up daily on gurneys, hooked up to IV's or in wheel chairs. Many of these students will never ever live or work outside of a sheltered environment. Yet we are spending sometimes as much as eight time as much to educate the kid who will never work as we are the average kid i...
    I have to agree to an extent. But there's a reason why those people flock here and that is because they can make more money than they can back in China or India or Japan. But the Globalists seek to equalize earnings by moving jobs overseas or by suggesting that the only way you can import brains. However, we do have students here that can and do compete. Our problem is our basic idea that every single student is and should be fitted for college. We have to, by law, educate every single kid that shows up. Even if they are disabled. Even if they are illegal. Even if they don't speak English. If you want to see where the sinkhole is in education, look at your own local districts expenditures on special education and ELL/ESL programs. While I have no problem with the student who has physical disabilities but who is still capable of learning at grade level or near, we are providing what amounts to daycare for students until they are 21 years old and age out of the program. And in some schools that means kids show up daily on gurneys, hooked up to IV's or in wheel chairs. Many of these students will never ever live or work outside of a sheltered environment. Yet we are spending sometimes as much as eight time as much to educate the kid who will never work as we are the average kid in the classroom due to legal requirements. Americans with Disabilities Act has allowed parents of these kids to bully free services from school district to the detriment of every single student, except those directly served. AP and IB classes are cut before they will remove Special Education. And those classes frequently become catchalls for kids who are so disruptive, so anti-social that they are a danger to themselves and others. Public schools are not the right environment for these students. In a similar manner we have kids who come here speaking no English, often with little educational history, who are expected to achieve at grade level. A great deal of month, especially in border states, goes to this cause. Sometimes the program is successful. But often we have students who hear English no place else except school, if even there, who take up spaces in PreK through high school and never learn English well enough to graduate. Because of the favoritism toward ESL students, it is difficult in urban schools to get your child into a PreK program because of this situation and displaced other children, equally as needy, who need these special programs to avoid the Special Education lable in grade school. Our schools must be allowed to function toward success and the Congress has to take away these mandates that do little but create more cost. Sorry this is so long, but it's a big problem and frankly Kaku is missing the point. He's also pretty arrogant. The Japanese never did apologize for Pearl Harbor did they?
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  • Bob DiN TruBluT... 2011/10/16 09:34:38
    Bob DiN
    Those who flock here from China, India and Japan come here to work hard and prosper. Our own are indoctrinated to believe they are owed a handout by Socialist/Marxists. A big difference and big disadvantage for the USA.
  • TruBluT... Bob DiN 2011/10/16 14:08:20
    TruBluTopaz
    And that is what happens when you are judged based on superficial characteristics such as race, gender or nationality and given additional credit or points rather than blindly assessing based on nothing more than achievement. To my mind, in a colorblind society, there should be no blank on any job, school or grant application for race, gender or nationality.
  • Bob DiN TruBluT... 2011/10/16 15:26:15
    Bob DiN
    True, ability and work ethic is what should count.
  • Dagon 2011/10/15 17:55:22
  • Mechelle Dagon 2011/10/15 22:34:18
    Mechelle
    +2
    And yet there are a lot of American Citizens who want to go to school and are very smary but can not get the funding for medical school or law school but ill be damned if an illegal can't get approved fast. The illegals get funding that should go to AMERICANS. There are a lot of smart people who are looked over because of it.
  • Dagon Mechelle 2011/10/15 23:38:57
  • Bob DiN Dagon 2011/10/16 09:35:04
    Bob DiN
    +1
    Agreed!
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2011/10/15 17:46:34
  • Cthulhu Latti I... 2011/10/15 18:50:03
    Cthulhu
    +1
    Miss South Carolina was interesting.
  • Latti I... Cthulhu 2011/10/15 19:05:40
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +1
    lol....ok
  • 13_Junk... Cthulhu 2011/10/15 20:48:37
    13_JunkyardDog
    +3
    i think some of my brain cells died listening to her
  • Georgia50 13_Junk... 2011/10/15 21:33:48
    Georgia50
    +1
    Watch her web redemption on Tosh.0. They'll come back.
  • Brian ☮... Latti I... 2011/10/16 00:02:28
    Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    John Stossel always makes so much sense, yet libertarian ideals are looked down upon by so many. Americans really are a bunch of dummies

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