Recent polls have shown a 5th of Americans can't locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?
My Answer: A vast number of Americans are idiots. There's no avoiding this fact. It has nothing to do with the idiots, but all to do with the failing school system and idiot parents.
If I were her, I'd be a little bit more suave and say, "I believe it is mostly due to the fact that our schooling system and lack of parental supervision has allowed a culture of apathy and ignorance. Because of this, knowing such basic things, as geography, isn't considered cool or important. Thus, in the end, you have a large sum of people who are incapable of reciting answers to simple questions."
It has become acceptable in society to be an idiot. If you're cool, you can't be a nerd or at least know something about something. Being completely oblivious to everything qualifies one to become cool. However, "coolness" is an image that only stays with a person for so long. Once you're out of school, it doesn't matter how cool you are. It all comes down to making money. The people who make the money now are the nerds. There are a few exceptions when dealing with entertainers, but of course, they usually don't last very long anyway.
Now, my gf speaks very much like Miss South Carolina. She has difficulty articulating and expressing herself through words. She also has a lot of blond moments.
There was one time she thought that flies spawned from meat. For example, she thought that if you took a piece of meat, stuck it in a jar, closed the lid tight and left it in the jar unattended for several months, that eventually, flies would grow from it. I had to explain to her that flies would first need to lay eggs in the meat for flies to grow from it. At that moment, maggots would grow and flies would therefore appear from there. This easily turned into an argument; but I couldn't stop laughing when it was over.
I don't blame her at all. I blame her schooling and her parents. Her parents are nut balls. I don't particularly understand them or their parenting.
Now, I wouldn't say her parents are idiots. However, I'd definitely say that they like to wallow in ignorance. The poor children that have and still are being raised by them have my sincere empathy. What's wrong with my gf's parents? Well, they have backwards policies. For instance, they impose strict curfews but allow marijuana and alcohol use in the home. They refuse to let their kids go down the block, but they are allowed to stay up as long as they want and watch rated R movies. The irony of it all is that they aren't allowed unrestricted Internet access. That means, no MySpace, no Youtube, no Facebook, no nothing. Just email use. They use a net filter to filter out the websites they don't want them on, but they don't monitor their use. Is that backwards or what?? One of my gf's sisters already figured out how to bypass the net filters. Heck, it was only a matter of time!
I spoke to my gf about this. Some of the stuff she doesn't find wrong. For example: roughly about 3 years ago, my gf told me how she got wasted on her 21st birthday. Sure, that's great and all. Parents allowed it. But she had a curfew at 10:00pm. 11:00pm if she had to work. That's stupid! I told her that too. How can any parent allow for their child to get high and wasted but then impose a strict curfew at 21 YEARS OLD?! Now, I can understand how you may not want your child coming in at odd times of the night, but if you're going to impose a curfew, why be lax on drugs and alcohol??
Another retarded thing they do. They allow their kids to use their roller skates in the street, but their not allowed to ride their bikes on the side of the road... IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE. I just can't wrap my head around that. They aren't allowed to go down the street, they can't ride their bikes in the side of the road... But they can roller skate on the street? I don't care what the kids have, they are STILL in the street! So, what's the difference between them having a bike or roller skates in the street?? Heck, what's the point of riding a bike if you can't even ride it away from the house for a block? What are the kids gonna do? Ride their bikes in a circle in the driveway and then ride their roller skates in a circle in the street?!
Their policies, I believe, contributed to a lot of beliefs my gf has of the world. My gf honestly believe that the majority of the country smokes pot. I have nothing to dispute that claim with, but it's a bit hard to believe that. I'm sure most people have tried it, but I don't believe someone like Bill Gates is calling up one of his buddies asking for a bag of weed. Heck, I can't even imagine Warren Buffet on the corner of some shady neighborhood buying weed from some shady looking pot dealer. Most of her friends smoke pot, but very few of mine do. So far, I can only name two of my friends who do. The rest are a bunch of nerds would never imagine doing that.
So, yeah. Parents influence a child's thinking by an overwhelming lot. Because of nutcases like this, America is the way it is today.