If government is dumbing down kids in public school they have done a great job. Now we have 2 generations o dumbed down kids and the current set are from dumbed down parents. Let's face it in the USA dumbing down students is the goal, if it was not, this would not be happening. Apply a dose of cultural anthropology, and throw history and media propaganda out the window. Do some logical thinking and factor in politics, economics, and human behavior. If you have the ability to understand and apply all of these factors in your analysis you will see what i'm talking about. Just don't get side tracked and focus on one factor too long. If you are unable to see, analyze, and understand all these factors at one time, you can just give up and forget it. Becuse, you will never be able to see what is realy going on in public schools other than one or tow simple factors at a time. And that will not give you true picture of how screwed up the USA public school system realy is.