It's not deliberate. To say it's deliberate overestimates the people involved. The dumbing down (by my observation and in my opinion) is the result of lawsuits, misplaced accountability concerns, lazy teachers and pitbull/helicopter parents.
Originally Posted by Squall
When I was in high school (1980s), I can recall waiting in a principal's office to get permission to do something special (dual enroll in the local university), and in the process I heard the principal recommend (to at least two boys in half hour I was there) troublemaking students to just drop out, as all they were doing was wasting everybody's time. Nowadays, they can't do that, as schools get punished for low dropout rates.
Last edited by perdidochas; Sep 14 2011 at 05:48 AM.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock, p. 292.