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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #6)

Wed May 22, 2013, 09:00 PM

40. That means education has come down.


But it was also administered by the authoritarian method.

Why use all those colons and semicolons? Is the lack of them really one of the signs we've gone rapidly downhill in education? That's more of matter of punctuation style than anything. Punctuation has gone to an open style, where the emphasis is on flow. It might be dumber not to use colons and semi-colons, or it might be more efficient. More efficient might look less intelligent-- on paper, excuse the pun.

Greek and Latin are practical for communicating with the past. If there's one thing the media have done, it's put people solidly in the present. However, I think the focus also has to do with the population. With six billion people on earth, and news traveling instantly from one continent to the other. Also, with six billion living, there's always one of them who knows the classics, and he or she likely speaks your language. Somebody else is bound to be as wise as Aristotle.

I'm thinking also that as upper class people spent their time learning languages, servants (or wives) had the thankless duties of supporting them, that is, fed, clothed and kept the study tidied up. The lower class who did the support duties seldom shared in the education.

Therefore, I think a lot of the grand education was tied to the class system, and perhaps to boredom.
And as for the classics, I'm afraid they've been surpassed. People refined the art of storytelling a lot in a couple thousand years.

No, I don't think people are getting dumber.

Hey, that you for referring us to archive.org. I think I'll be spending time there.

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