If information is fuel for knowledge; then in-light of the information age where kids have virtual libraries in their pocket, it stands to reason that this generation should have all the knowledge needed to live out happy and healthy lives.
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But the facts do not support this statement, and some are even calling this generation the dumbest in history. We will evaluate this claim on today’s podcast interview with Professor and Author Mark Bauerlein.
Mark Bauerlein is the author of the book The Dumbest Generation. He was also featured alongside myself in the movie Captivated. Later, I’ll explain how your purchase of the Dumbest Generation and/or Captivated the Movie will directly support the student scholarship fund for Shepherds Hill Academy (SHA).
Our student scholarship fund has provided thousands of dollars to help reduce the cost of therapeutic care at Shepherds Hill Academy. By reducing the cost of care through the student scholarship fund, families are able to experience the journey through Shepherds Hill Academy and find the healing they need.
Our Concern for the Dumbing Down of America
We talk regularly on our radio program about our concern for the dumbing down of today’s young people, our nation and the church. I think more and more people are coming to realize that the information age has actually become an arsenal of useless information used like a weapon against our kids; as much or more, than a toolbox of helpful information used to promote goodwill and wellbeing.
The Breakdown of the Academics
The claim that this is the dumbest generation is a claim in which Mark Bauerlein takes ownership. I regret to say I am totally on board with it based on my experiences with some of the kids at SHA. Mark helps us:
- Define the word “dumb” in the context of his book
- Make sense of documented studies evaluating the work ethic of today’s teens
- Evaluate how academic studies are contributing to the dumbing down
The Role Digital Devices Play
Today’s digital devices seem to be a source of the dumbing down of a generation. To address the occurring digital invasion, Mark and I answer these various questions:
- Is it really necessary to know history when you can Google it?
- Is digital technology a morality problem?
- What is the media’s role?
- Do today’s artists contribute to this?
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Both of these resources are available at the All-New License to Parent Store and will directly support the students at Shepherds Hill Academy.
Conversation Starter: What are your thoughts on this generation being a “dumb” generation?