07 February 2007

The Idiocracy Creeps Up On An Unsuspecting Aging Population

The future is clear for those who can read the numbers. The population of western countries is becoming less literate--and less intelligent. There are only a few specific things that can be done to change this trend, and a nation hamstrung by political correctness cannot do those things.
US workers may be significantly less literate in 2030 than they are today.

The reason: Most baby boomers will be retiring and a large wave of less-educated immigrants will be moving into the workforce. This downward shift in reading and math skills suggests a huge challenge for educators and policymakers in the future, according to a new report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

If they can't reverse the trend, then it could spell trouble for a large swath of the labor force, widen an already large skill gap, and shrink the middle class.

....The decline in literacy is one of the more startling projections in a report that examines what it calls a "perfect storm" of converging factors and how those trends are likely to play out if left unchecked.

The three factors identified are: a shifting labor market increasingly rewarding education and skills, a changing demographic that include a rapid-growing Hispanic population, and a yawning achievement gap, particularly along racial and socioeconomic lines, when it comes to reading and math.

....One factor that's been gaining increasing attention lately is the changing economic rewards in an economy in which demand for manufacturing and lower skilled labor is declining. It's become tougher for workers without higher education – or higher cognitive skills – to get the sort of job that can support a family.

But exacerbating the changes such an economic shift is causing are demographic factors, researchers say. Baby boomers are retiring and being replaced by less-skilled workers. A combination of immigration and population growth means that the share of the population that is Hispanic is expected to grow from 14 percent in 2005 to more than 20 percent by 2030. More than half of the immigrant Hispanics lack a high school diploma.

What the Monitor will never tell you is that immigration policy allows--even encourages--less intelligent and capable immigrants to stay, at the expense of more intelligent and capable immigrants. I am a very politically incorrect person to even suggest such a thing. Nevertheless, it turns.

In addition, social policy and tax policy in combination discourage more intelligent person's from having children and encourage less intelligent persons to give birth. There--I've done it again! Bad boy, bad boy!

Finally, educational methods and policies encourage a groupthink mentality oriented toward less intelligent and capable students, and discourage independent thinking more suitable to students at the upper ends of the intelligence and competence curves. As a result, the leadership potential of students is being steadily destroyed by the government endorsed system of education. Only a radical--in the true sense of the word--rethinking of education can make the best of the education situation.

Idiocracy--not just a film, but a coming way of life.

Hat tip: Steve Sailer

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Blogger Bruce said...

Many Americans refuse all meaning from the verb can except permission. The verb may exists, specifically "Not to be used as a substitute for may", the entry for the verb can in Strunk and White the Elements of Style. Most Americans seem unable to correctly handle numbered dictionary entries either. The part of the laws of physics called information theory objectively labels this a disaster. Most of the evidence suggests we've become moron - savants who score well on IQ tests but lack real competence at appropriate applications of theory to practice. I even need to avoid overloading "IT" as most audiences can't get over Technology for the T and I'm now calling it communication theory instead. Communications textbooks tend to gloss over the possibility of defective receivers as not immediately useful, with immense social cost. The idiocy seems worst in our "court officials" and educators. One help , allowing only a vest pocket dictionary in the lowest grades so brief that only the ability meaning of the verb can gets listed, "to be able or know how to" in my Random House Websters Pocket American Dictionary Fourth Edition copyright 2001. I see literally genocidal ( an attempte to eliminate an ethnicity and lack of your ethnicity counts extra ) stupidity around me. Semantics do count more "Eats, shoots and leaves" transforms zoography into a humorous entry about a Panda assassin solely because the comma changes the semantics, special thanks to Lynn Truss. I expect the "adults" to keep abusing their pre-adults with this outrage as they seem to respond to the slightest provocation with needless fricatives . Idiocracy, much of it has already arrived.

Thursday, 08 February, 2007  
Blogger Rick said...

Just wanted to say... No need to be politically correct. You just need to be correct.

Thursday, 08 February, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

One of the biggest problems is the failure of the US government to secure the southern border. An illegal immigrant population approaching 20 million people suggests that the immigration laws of the US are an international laughing-stock.

The two US border guards who were imprisoned for wounding a drug smuggler illustrates my point. Now the drug smuggler is suing the government for US $10 million.

That type of misgovernment from Washington DC invites vigilantism. That is exactly what the government will get if it does not institute more rational policies at the border, to defend the US from illegals of all types--including drug smugglers and terrorists.

Anyone who uses the term "correct" without including the context, is not making himself clear. Political correctness is meant to be ambiguous, to spread as wide a net as possible for the unwary.

In general, it would be a courtesy to readers for commenters to make a profile available. Cryptic comments from unknown commenters are difficult to decipher without a context.

Thursday, 08 February, 2007  
Blogger Ceesaxp said...

Erm, might it sound idiotic, but why are you equating US to "western world?" I always thought that "western" meant in this case "Europe + US" as opposed to "eastern" or "asian" meaning "Asia..."

Thursday, 08 February, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

The US, Canada, and Western Europe are all experiencing parallel demographic shifts that will most likely lead to less literate and less intelligent populations.

The advantage the North American countries have is that their immigrants are not particularly anti-western in orientation. The same could not be accurately said for the new Europeans.

Thursday, 08 February, 2007  
Blogger Sandra said...

Perhaps this is a stupidly ignorant question, but why not educate immigrants rather than write them off? There's nothing inherently unintelligent about people who speak another language.

Saturday, 10 February, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

True, there is nothing inherently unintelligent about people who speak another language.

If immigration policy were oriented toward selecting immigrants of high intelligence, it would not matter what language they spoke.

As it happens--however unintentionally--immigration policy skews the immigrant population toward the less intelligent immigrant. That is my objection.

Saturday, 10 February, 2007  
Blogger Dr. Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D. said...

Thank you for your interesting post!
I thought perhaps you may also find this related publication interesting to you:

Aging of Population


Thursday, 19 April, 2007  

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