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John Leal

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How our students are being dumbed down by political correctness.
5/12/2009 7:22:40 PM

Hi

A recent 'Letter to the Editor' in our Brisbane newspaper may not be as far-fetched as it reads. It's a ficticious account of a maths exam question across four decades.

1970: A logger sells a lorry load of timber for $1000. His cost of production is 4/5 of the selling price. What is his profit?

1980: A logger sells a lorry load of timber for $1000. His cost of production is 4/5 of the selling price, or $800. What is his profit?

1990: A logger sells a lorry load of timber for $1000. His cost of production is $800. Did he make a profit?

2000:
A logger sells a lorry load of timber for $1000. His cost of production is $800 and his profit is $200. Your assignment is to underline the number 200.

2009: A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is totally selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our forests. He does this so he can make a profit of $200. What do you think of the way he makes a living?

The topic for class participation after answering the question is:
How did the birds and koalas feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers). If you are upset about the plight of the animals, counselling will be available.


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Re: How our students are being dumbed down by political correctness.
5/12/2009 10:23:22 PM

Hi John,

Thanks for the education on the current sad state of Education.  Unfortunately, this hits it on the head, at least over here in the States.

Since we're being "Politically Correct"and we can't really call these unfortunate Mental Midgets "Dumb", here are a few alternative ways to say what we mean without being arrested by the Thought Police...

  • He's a few clowns short of a circus.
  • She's a few fries short of a Happy Meal.
  • He's an experiment in artificial stupidity.
  • She's dumber than a box of hair.
  • He's a few peas short of a casserole.
  • She doesn't have all her Corn Flakes in one box.
  • The wheels spinning but the hamster's dead.
  • He's one Fruit Loop shy of a full bowl.
  • She's one taco short of a combination plate.
  • He's a few feathers short of a whole duck.
  • He's all foam...no coke.
  • The cheese slid off her cracker.
  • Body by Fisher, brains by Mattel.
  • He has an IQ of 2, but it takes 3 to grunt.
  • She couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.
  • He fell out of the Stupid Tree and hit every branch on the way down.
  • His intellect is rivaled only by garden tools.
  • He's as smart as bait.
  • Her elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
  • He forgot to pay his brain bill.
  • Her sewing machine's out of thread.
  • His antenna doesn't pick up all the channels.
  • His belt doesn't go through all the loops.
  • If she had another brain, it would be lonely.
  • He's missing a few buttons on his remote control.
  • There's no grain in his silo.
  • He's proof that evolution can go in reverse.
  • His receiver is off the hook.
  • Her skylight leaks a little.
  • Too much yardage between the goal posts.

Once again, Thanks for all the Great Threads!

Have A Terrific Week My Friend,

Phil


 

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Re: How our students are being dumbed down by political correctness.
5/12/2009 11:58:41 PM

Hi John,

You did it again. This is such a sore point and the results can be seen all around us WORLD WIDE.

I'm glad that Phil proceeded me in replying here since as usual he's come up with a list of "politically correct" ways to describe the idiocy surrounding us.

I can only add one of my favorites that unfortunately I use often in replies to others.

"Ignorance is bliss and you're in a perpetual state of bliss".

Shalom,

Peter

 

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Re: How our students are being dumbed down by political correctness.
5/13/2009 12:01:22 AM

Hi again John,

Sorry about the typo. Read proceeded as preceded.

Shalom,

Peter

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Re: How our students are being dumbed down by political correctness.
5/13/2009 3:42:10 AM

Hi John,

It is so sad and so true.

Looking at the positive it is great that we are attempting to prick the social conscience, but,

WHY DO WE KEEP ACCEPTING THIS ROT.

I think that if a political party was launched (certainly here in the UK) against PC I think it would make a big hole in a few vote totals.

Roger

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