Research suggests human intelligence has declined and that people are getting dumber. A new study shows that while technology may be getting smarter, Westerners lost 14 I.Q. points on average since the Victorian Era.
They point to a number of reasons, one of them being that women of high intelligence tend to have fewer children than do women of lower intelligence. They say, “This negative association between I.Q. and fertility has been demonstrated time and again in research over the last century.”
Now, tell us something new. Most of the time, women of high intelligence can find ways of getting an education. They know to apply for scholarships and grants and they can afford to eat nutritional foods that power the physical body. They can also afford contraceptive devices and birth control pills. And, of course, they can also afford to go to doctors for these prescriptions.
If the researchers had tied the I.Q. findings to the poverty level, that would be more understandable. The poverty level forces people to choose between paying for housing and food and getting good medical care. How can you study when you’re hungry and not feeling well?
My own unscientific findings are vastly different from these researchers.
I don’t think our children are born dumber but I do believe they are getting dumber. And this has nothing to do with the poverty level and nothing to do with having fewer children.
Take a good, hard, look at our education system and you’ll see why Westerners are getting dumber. Our teachers are getting dumber because they’re not well trained, and they are telling our children that they don’t have to learn anything because whatever they want to know, they can look it up on Google.
Children are like sponges. They absorb whatever they are taught. If we want to see an increase in intelligence, we have to feed their minds with worthwhile information. At the moment, we are feeding their minds with trivia.
The politicians tell us that our children are smarter than ever. What they aren’t telling us is that the children they are looking at, are the exceptions to the rule; they are in the minority.
If we want to see Americans getting smarter, we have to hire smart teachers who know their subjects, who know how to teach, and who know how to engage young minds. That’s all it would take.