Friday, November 07, 2008

History in the Hands of "The Dumbest Generation"

Teenagers and young adults today make up the "Dumbest Generation" in American history, according to author Mark Bauerlein. Bauerlein is the author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30).

Controversial and provocative he may be, but Bauerlein makes some very good (and troubling) points in this interview....

If you're a fan of history like myself, you've got to be troubled by the fact that history's memory is in the hands of this next generation.

**Editor's Disclaimer: As a former high school history teacher, I can say that there are EXCEPTIONS to what Mr. Bauerlein is saying. Some teenagers are very sharp and motivated. But, as a whole, this rising generation represents a crisis for America.



Narcissus Nick said...

I wonder which political party makes fun of 'elitists' and well-educated Americans, and then puts forth a candidate that doesn't know anything about American civics, geography, or some of our most important treaties!

Anonymous said...

I admit that my generation is often hopelessly ignorant. But there are some of us who really care... and those who don't sometimes have not had very good teachers. If I had not had my AP Euro and Human History II teachers, I would have still hated history.

Kieran said...

I consider myself an exception.

bpabbott said...

My impression is that the majority of our youth are indoctrinated in various ideologies rather than in facts and an understanding of those facts.