We seem to be living in a society of ignoramuses (not to be confused with ignorant anuses, although they all seem to be one and the same under perhaps a better heading: dumbasses).
A major backlash against any sort of intellectualism is well under way, and while I’m not necessarily the smartest bear in the den, I’m also not the dumbest. I can go highbrow or lowbrow, and conversations can veer from fantasy football numbers to relationships to politics to religion before eventually ending back up at fantasy football (which, let’s face it, is really the most interesting thing on the planet).
Some of this has grown from the current political climate in which anyone deemed an intellectual is often ridiculed for being out of touch with “the common person.”
To that, I offer this thought: Maybe the common person ought to strive to be more in touch with the intellectual.
We are failing as a society if we continue to revel in our lack of knowledge. I’m not near smart enough to suggest I know how to fix it, although I highly recommend we start by getting rid of crap like this on television:
Instead, I encourage everyone reading this to go out in the next few days and watch the documentary Waiting for Superman. It’s a well-made look at our country’s failing educational system, and with any luck, it will inspire our current crop of teachers (and those looking toward equation as a future career) to reevaluate their profession in hopes of making bigger changes. Waiting for Superman should become mandatory viewing for anyone wishing to be a teacher, as well as for those already in the profession.
Unfortunately, too many of our teachers and kids won’t want to engage in any sort of intellectual discussion, choosing instead to Git-R-Done instead of actually giving a damn and getting things done.