In a recent article for American Thinker, “Why I Quit Teaching,” I listed three reasons that prompted me to abandon the teaching profession: unscrupulous administrators, degenerate teachers, and incompetent students. Of these, the latter was the most determinant. Annually grading some 2000 term papers, which chiefly consisted of the most arrant drivel imaginable -- unintelligible grammar, stunted vocabularies, bovine inattentiveness, mental stupefaction, and monumental ignorance -- I had come to fear, if not for my sanity, for my continued intellectual viability. How many years could I go on without cerebral rot setting in? I knew the time had come to flee the cortical gulag of modern education.
I know a few high school teachers who talk about the lowered standards in Ontario. The quality of students deteriorates every year but the grades have to stay high. End result? Mediocre education. One older teacher was given a talking to by her department head for "expecting too much" from her students. She had little choice but to concede and then spoon feed her seniors. She's also retired now.
Where was one to start trying to educate an adult student who thought the Great Depression began in the 1960s; who was unable to distinguish between the First and Second World Wars; who thought that Moscow was the capital of Missouri [...] who claimed that Christ’s parables were about “betting and gamibeling and explaining differently in alot of discussion”; who asserted that “analising a book one must lick your way to the center of the Tootsie Roll-Pop”; who reading Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose declared “This book is all about mid-evil times and the monk-persons in ministories”; who thought that Canada separated from the United States during the Civil War [...]
There's not much one can do in these mid-evil times ...
I've noticed this with increasing regularity: Millennials and Generation Zyklon have given up on spelling. It's not unusual to see multiple typos in just one tiny sentence. The weird thing is that we've got automatic spell checkers. So, why don't these young people simply fix their errors? I can't understand that level of laziness.