“Ignorance of facts” simply means that the education is there but this generation just chooses not to use it. According to one of my sources, 56 percent of 18-to 29-year-olds have low knowledge levels while only 22 percent of 50-to 64-year-olds did. This shows that today’s age knows less than half of what previous generations know. With this much access to education, technology, books and documents that this generation has, the percentile should be much lower than that. In this day and age, people are more focused on social media sites than getting their head in the books. People would rather see false accusations and false information on websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and so forth instead of picking up a newspaper and reading what truly occurred. The world we live in today is nothing compared to past generations. There is so much knowledge in our elders that has failed to be passed on the the youth, it’s nonsensical. Knowledge is power and if we want to help the next generations become more intelligent, we need a great deal of power.
The lack of basic skills is financially a problem, too. The government and employers are also spending too much money on basic writing skills. A 2003 survey of managers shows that employers are spending $1.3 billion a year on basic writing. (Begley, Sh...
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...of getting them an actual book knowing that it would only sit there. According to Andrea Lunsford, 38 percent of writing takes place outside of a classroom. She also said that we are in the midst of a literacy revolution. This generation has more access to knowledge than anyone ever has. This generation is in for something great. There might be evidence why Generation ‘Y’ is the smartest but with the ignorance of facts, by choice, and the lack of education, Generation ‘Y’ is considered to be the dumbest generation.
Bauerlein, Mark. The Dumbest Generation. New York: Penguin. 32, Print.
Begley, Sharon. “The Dumbest Generation? Don’t Be Dumb.” Newsweek. 24 May, 2008. Print.
Jacoby, Susan. “The Dumbing of America.” The Washington Post.17 February, 2008. Print.
Thompson, Clive. “Clive Thompson on the New Literacy.” Wired Magazine. 24 August, 2009. Print.
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