Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Dumbing Down of American Citizens?

Edge of the fire
Originally uploaded by katzeye.
It is a sad realization that citizens of the USA are not getting the same education as their European counterparts, nor are they getting the same education as their parents and grandparents. To me, this is just another example of why home schooling can be a very good thing, and why we should not pay more taxes for more government control, because, clearly, the government is not that good at providing programs to the masses. But that is another story; another time.

I am here only to report something I heard stated on the news recently. The NEWS. This is that thing that so many people depend upon to be informed (as misguided as that may be).

A woman anchor was saying thusly (about how it is that when SoCal has Santa Anas, the winds that come across the desert and raise the temps by 20 degrees and cause allergies, dry skin, and fires?):

"I was interviewing a scientist about why it is that we have so many fires during the Santa Anas and he explained it to me like this: If you take a paper napkin and get it soaking wet, and then strike a match and try to light it on fire, probably nothing will happen. However, if you take a paper napkin, and put it in the oven at 350 degrees until it is dry and hot, and then strike a match, it will be a whole different story!"

So, ladies and gentlemen, this is what is constituted as news.

Are anchor people supposed to be educated or not?

Just wondering.