Steve Allen is remembered mostly as a comedian and a musician. So it may come as a surprise to you (as it did to me) that he also did some very serious thinking.
“Dumbth”, published by Steve Allen in 1991, is about the dumbing down of America which has been gradually getting worse for the last 50+ years. His introduction describes the phenomenon very well.
He blames poor television programming for much of it. Much of what he says are things that we, who are over the age of 50, are familiar with and agree with, but he verbalizes, and lists for the record…
He decries the educational system for teaching facts without teaching students how to think and reason, but he also blames the parents for not taking an active part in their children’s education. Oddly enough, he does not blame the president for the entire mess, even though he does take a few choice pot shots at president Reagan.
He then lists 81 rules to improve. These are suggestions that individuals can use to improve their own situation by sharpening their ability to reason, and do not require an act of congress.
and along these same lines you may find interesting:
And yet another: Refering to Rule 81
and one more: