Fw: Fwd: Fw: "DUMBING DOWN AMERICA

Subject: Fwd: Fw: "DUMBING DOWN AMERICA
 


He may have passed up a good opportunity for a "learning experience" for the teacher.


Here's a good example of "DUMBING DOWN AMERICA". It’s really sad to read about teachers who are apparently DUMB that are teaching our children.


THEY STOPPED TEACHING HISTORY IN SCHOOLS AT ALL LEVELS, AND HERE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE.

Theodore "Dutch" J. Van Kirk was the navigator on the "Enola Gay" when it dropped the bomb at Hiroshima, Japan,
and is the last surviving member of the crew.

            This really happened last week.

Dutch was asked to speak at a grammar school this past week. The young teacher introduced him by saying that the speaker
was a veteran of World War Eleven.  (as in WW11).



          Dutch stood up and walked out of the school without saying a word.

End of story.

14 comments:

CharlieE said...

The earliest reference I can find to this story is a comment here:

http://mychal-massie.com/premium/obama-puts-fundraising-above-d-day/comment-page-1/#comment-32662

...dated June 12, 2012.

It's almost certainly bullshit. Either way, it didn't happen "last week", or even last year, if ever.

Don't know why the Right complains about the dumbing down of America. After all, they're the ones who hate eduction, refuse to adequately fund it, and are always complaining that people with college educations are "liberal elitists."

Can't have it both ways, guys, although you never stop trying...

ferschitz said...

This really happened last week

Oh really? Where's the link to it. Like CharlieE, I did some searching around the Internet and couldn't find one single reference to this purported incident with a "dumb" teacher.

I assume that this rightwing think tank lying propoganda is sent forth to get Tea Tardz to hate on the Dept of Education and the once great US public school system even more. After all, the rightwing has ginned up a lot of hatred towards unionized public school teachers.

My intepretation of this lie is that the PTB want the rightwing rubes to remove their idiot spawn from the public school system to either home-school them (thus mostly making their spawn even stupider than their parents and more easily manipulated) or enroll them into Charter Schools, which are another rip-off methodology to enrich the 1%.

Charter Schools typically are no better than public schools, but the teachers aren't unionized and someone who runs the Charter School makes money.

So, per usual: follow the money.

Thx 4 Fish said...

"THEY STOPPED TEACHING HISTORY IN SCHOOLS AT ALL LEVELS..."

Completely ridiculous claim, of course. I can't imagine how 'dumb' you'd have to be to believe this one. Those who forward these emails seem to value feeling self-righteous outrage toward others over just about everything else in life.

gruaud said...

Do you mean to tell me that Van Kirk was so impatient, so self-righteous, so rude, and so god-damned petty that he would toss the chance to enlighten a class of school children after he came all that way...just because a teacher (and a woman teacher, take note) gaffed?

You can't be serious.

It says more about the writer of this bullshit than it does about teachers, the public school system, and even Van Kirk, himself.

Tootseye said...

The only dumbing down going on here is those who are dumb enough to read this, think it's great and pass it on.

I have mis-givings about the bombing of Hiroshima, but Major Van Kirk performed his duties well. In reviewing sites about him, Major Van Kirk appears to be a good person, who, in his 90s, still gives educational talks about the crew of the Enola Gay and other issues with WW11.

It's disrespectful and perhaps even unpatriotic to lie about Mr. Van Kirk. From what I read about him, I find it highly unlikely that he would ever do such a thing.

How rightwingers can see this kind of behavior as good or correct or no more than those young students deserved or whatever is beyond my comprehension.

I would say "for shame," but those who write, read and forward such defamation of character clearly have no shame.

Anonymous said...

They pretty much stopped teaching history here in Illinois because of No Child Left Behind. Social Studies no longer became a testable topic so most schools have pushed it to the side. You are supposed to get all your social studies through reading informative text.

Anoner said...

Brought to you by the same faction that thought it was genius to have Clint Eastwood babble incomprehensibly to an empty chair.

Who's responsible for "dumbing down" America?

No Child Left Behind was implemented by GW Bush. Prior Anon indicates this resulted in History not being taught in schools in IL (can't verify).

Who's responsible for "dumbing down" America?

Brett said...

This site cracks me up because I get so much unverified FWDs from my right wing dad, but I was confused why this particular FWD drew so much hate toward the right. I see no pro-right nor anti-left message in it. Read it. My impression is that 'both' sides complain about the state of education in America. That's just my opinion, I guess, from someone who looks at things ojbectively and without alignment to either side.

Anonymous said...

To all the left wing morons that once more show their mental defectiveness, go to your own idiot site and comments on these. There are probably a lot of exagerations by conservatives no doubt, but nothing that can hold a candle to the history of idiot, retared, ignorant crap coming from all the Hillary muncher, debauched Clinton sicko, dope addicts that populate the beast, esquire, huffinton, etc lunatics

Anonymous said...

This IS our site, genius.

ferschitz said...

"... to the history of idiot, retared, ignorant crap coming from all the Hillary muncher, debauched Clinton sicko, dope addicts that populate the beast, esquire, huffinton, etc lunatics...

You don't even understand what "left wing" means, nor do you get it that - as Anon says - this IS (more or less) a leftwing site. DUH.... talk about the dumbing down of 'murka. Behold.

ferschitz said...

"... to the history of idiot, retared, ignorant crap coming from all the Hillary muncher, debauched Clinton sicko, dope addicts that populate the beast, esquire, huffinton, etc lunatics...

You don't even understand what "left wing" means, nor do you get it that - as Anon says - this IS (more or less) a leftwing site. DUH.... talk about the dumbing down of 'murka. Behold.

rob said...

Mr Van Kirk passed away this week - he was a central Pennsylvanian - and in a replay of an interview, I woke to, this morning the WW11 incident was mentioned - it happened pretty much as described except that the interviewer asked if he corrected the teacher and he said he (expletive) sure did. May he rest in peace and as he put it may the unique conditions never exist again to cause the bomb to be used.

Anonymous said...

Van Kirk was an asshole.

 
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