It’s been a long while since I featured anything from the prolific and insightful Joshua Gibbs, so we’re overdue for some of his wit.
He recently posted “If Children Answered Questions Like Adults Being Interviewed on NPR“. Because NPR is the self-styled radio station for the cultured, more educated intelligensia, I have re-interpreted his post as a referendum on American education. A few of the examples he gives:
Mrs. Grady: Class, what is 9 divided by 3? Lucas?
Lucas (7): Absolutely. Yeah. So, 3?
Dad: Did you call your sister a ‘puke sandwhich’ and hit her in the face with the Happy Pumper?
Elijah (5): Sure. So, no.
Mr. Ogleby: Alright, my little biologists. First review question from yesterday’s lesson: Is the nucleus “the powerhouse of the cell”?
Harper (9): So, I love that you asked this question. I feel like I want to say, ‘No.’
He has a couple more examples over at his original post, but you get the point. We are a culture saying more than we have ever said, while simulataneously saying nothing. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that we say very little with clarity of meaning or courage of conviction. Either way, what you end up with is a lot of noise.
At the same time, we are supposedly the most educated people to have ever walked the face of the earth.
In case you haven’t noticed, something has gone terribly wrong.