They have been but a chapter in the efforts by "progressive" educators to legislate equality of results in the schools via the dumbing down
of the curriculum.
Some years back, literary critic Harold Bloom sniffed that Harry Potter's popularity merely confirmed the "dumbing down
" of the American mind.
We rage against the injustice of the huge amounts of money spent on "entertainment" as compared to how little is spent on "art." We agonize over the dumbing down
and degrading of American culture in favor of mindless and depressing time fillers.
TOP TV newsreader Huw Edwards has just one headline for ex-war reporter Martin Bell, who says the BBC is dumbing down
: "That gets right up my nose!"
ALTHOUGH many people complain about dumbing down
of British TV, history programmes such as this prove there is intelligent, well-made TV to be found.
Perhaps there's a way to drop some of the pretense and snobbery that makes wine intimidating without "dumbing down
" the product.
Paul Finch, Deputy Chairman of CABE, says that planning permission should be accompanied by stringent conditions to 'prevent the dumbing down
of the design'; for instance, there should be absolute insistence on the kind of glass proposed by Piano.
What position have the candidates taken on Northern Ontario issues such as: the rising rate of chronic unemployment and underemployment, our higher share of death-dealing affliction such as heart attacks, cancer diabetes and suicide, the trend of replacing industry jobs with call centres, the absence of significant research and development in the north, the need for our educated youth to go elsewhere to find jobs and the resultant dumbing down
of the local labour force, the impact of downloading, revisions to the assessment formulas and the freezing of commercial/industrial tax rates on the economic viability of our cities and towns, particularly our small, remote, single-industry communities.
They have intimidated school boards, teachers, and legislators, creating a situation that has led to a dumbing down
of evolution education in U.S.
As a teacher, however, I have mixed feelings about the practice of dumbing down
the classics even for pedagogical purposes.
"Developments in the media mitigate against it, and I'm talking about everything from consolidation [of media companies] and dumbing down
information to outright antipathy from editors to environmental issues in some cases"
BROADCASTER Lord Bragg has attacked the self-appointed guardians of the arts who are at the forefront of "dumbing down