Wednesday, July 11, 2018

While Milennials are considered among the world's least skilled and literate, our Founding Fathers built a nation at their age

There was an interesting dichotomy I came across recently which made me wonder just how far Americans have declined when it comes to education and application.  And by this I mean what real achievements have those aged 22-37 really accomplished for American society?

Recently a 28 year old millennial shocked the nation by defeating a long-standing politician in a district in New York by selling herself as a younger Bernie Sanders.  But ironically when asked by the media how she defined Socialism (she called herself a socialist), she didn't even have a clue what it meant to be one.

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez couldn't explain the difference between socialism and Democratic socialism while appearing on ABC's "The View" on Friday. 
"Do you think that the future of the Democratic Party is socialism?" McCain asked. 
"First of all, there's a huge difference between socialism and Democratic socialism," Ocasio-Cortez claimed. "Democratic socialism, and really what that boils down to me, is the basic belief that I believe that in a moral and wealthy America and a moral and modern America, no person should be too poor to live in this country." 
Ocasio-Cortez was unable to provide any examples of how socialism and Democratic socialism were different. – Daily Wire
Perhaps Ocasio-Cortez's failure to even define her ideology comes from the fact that in a study done by Princeton University back in 2015, the millennial generation was not only dead last globally in basic math and literacy, but also last in relation to every other American demographic.
Researchers at Princeton-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) expected it to be when they administered a test called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Sponsored by the OECD, the test was designed to measure the job skills of adults, aged 16 to 65, in 23 countries. 
When the results were analyzed by age group and nationality, ETS got a shock. It turns out, says a new report, that Millennials in the U.S. fall short when it comes to the skills employers want most: literacy (including the ability to follow simple instructions), practical math, and — hold on to your hat — a category called “problem-solving in technology-rich environments.” 
Not only do Gen Y Americans lag far behind their overseas peers by every measure, but they even score lower than other age groups of Americans. - Fortune
Now this article is not being written simply to 'bash' millennials, but to compare their generation today to a similar group from the same age bracket 250+ years ago.  And in this we are talking about a very young group of men who not only fought a war against one of the greatest empires in history, but also wrote the foundation that would evolve into the government we have today.

Did you know that many of the Founding Fathers in 1776 were younger than age 25, and even as young as age 18?

  • Marquis de Lafayette, 18
  • James Monroe, 18
  • John Trumbull, 20
  • Aaron Burr, 20
  • John Marshall, 20
  • Nathan Hale, 21
  • Alexander Hamilton, 21**
  • Betsy Ross, 24
  • William Washington, 24
  • James Madison, 25
  • Henry Knox, 25
In fact Thomas Jefferson was only 33 years of age when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.

These 20 and 30 somethings created a nation and government that has gone on to become the most powerful and wealthy in the history of the world, yet ironically many of today's millennials are actually trying to destroy their monuments and erase them from memory.

All empires eventually fall due to the apathy, immorality, and degradation of the peoples and government within that empire.  And whether it was the eventuality of Nero succeeding Julius Caesar centuries after he built the greatness of Rome, or the ignorance and intolerance we are seeing today from a large portion of society who couldn't even tell you who the first President of the United States was if asked, the skills and abilities of America's future have declined a great deal from a time past when men and women their own age achieved greatness on a scale few have ever seen.

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