90 Miles From Tyranny : America’s Hatred For Merit Is Leading Us To Total Incompetence

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Sunday, May 28, 2023

America’s Hatred For Merit Is Leading Us To Total Incompetence

What we should expect in the coming years is a widespread crisis of competence afflicting every nook and cranny of American life.

ith every new revelation of how dumb and incompetent our nation has become, there has been an increasingly desperate push to blame it all on the pandemic, whether learning loss or long Covid brain fog or the general stress of the Covid era.

Well, here is one indicator we cannot blame on the pandemic because it has been flashing red since 2006. In a startling reversal of what is known as “the Flynn effect” — the name for the phenomenon in which average IQs had been rising at the rate of 3-5 points per decade since 1932 — a recent study charting the results of nearly 400,000 IQ test samples shows that Americans’ IQs have actually been dropping since 2006, with an effect especially pronounced among those aged 18 to 22.

The core skills of verbal reasoning (general knowledge, logic, vocabulary), matrix reasoning (nonverbal reasoning such as visual problem solving), and letter and number series (computation and mathematical reasoning) all declined.

The authors suggest the quality of our education is the most likely culprit: “[I]t could be the case that our results indicate a change of quality or content of education and test-taking skills within this large United States sample.”

It is apparent from many objective markers that the caliber of education has decreased, especially after the 2020 George Floyd riots brought wildly hyperbolic claims of “systemic racism” and diversity politicking to the highest value in the educational pantheon.

School systems have begun to eliminate honors classes, and advanced placement courses are also being cut. Gifted education has also been under attack, whether in the form of directly eliminating gifted programs, replacing merit-based admissions to selective schools with lottery systems, instituting zip code quotas, or infusing considerations of so-called racial “equity” into the admissions process.

Mathematics curricula focused on finding correct answers to problems have been branded as furthering white supremacy. Watered-down alternatives supported by questionable research have been adopted instead.

History has likewise been under attack — and not in the way imagined by those who claim conservatives are trying to whitewash history. Scores in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have shown eighth graders’ knowledge of basic history declining since 2014, well before critical race theory was on the national radar, with a further precipitous decline between 2018 and 2022. As of 2014, 29 percent of students who were tested did not meet the lowest “basic” benchmark. By 2022, that percentage had risen to a still more astonishing...

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MMinWA said...

The teacher's unions are Enemy #1. They have worked for over a century to undermine our traditions, history and culture. They now condone sexualizing 5 year olds. Government needs drones not critical thinkers.

China graduates more engineers in 1 year than we do in 10. Our seed corn has been eaten, we're a rotting husk.

JG said...

My sons are in their 30s. When we moved in 96 from California to Northern VA for business we found the schools worse. Me and my wife had issues with the teachers, admin, and school board as our sons were not being taught right in middle and HS. We ended up tutoring our sons through each class as the way they were taught was not proper. After each son graduated they decided on going to different Trade Schools instead of college like me and my wife. They both make well over 6 figures and the cost of trade school was less then half a year of college.

Mikey said...

I've been calling it the global competency crisis for years. Things are really going to start to fall apart and it's going to drag the economy into ruin. In my work implementing ERP systems I've found that the majority of people can't really articulate what their own job is or what they even do.