The Decline of Intelligence in America: A Strategy for National Renewal

The Decline of Intelligence in America: A Strategy for National Renewal

The Decline of Intelligence in America: A Strategy for National Renewal

The Decline of Intelligence in America: A Strategy for National Renewal

Synopsis

Professor Seymour Itzkoff asserts that the United States' decline in economic power and productivity is due to a decrease in our national intelligence profile. The author, Professor of Education and Child Study at Smith College, argues that the U.S.'s social disintegration is due to the fact that there are fewer U.S. citizens of high intelligence, educational potential, and economic productivity. "There are increasingly more children from the lowest classes of all our ethnic groups," says Itzkoff. "Until we can understand this dilemma and change our country's birth patterns, we will never be able to stop our nation's fall."

Excerpt

History was made under the boardwalk at Coney Island. Okay, only a boy's history, a wee bit of memory held by one who lived through those seemingly ancient days of denial and struggle. For the United States, the 1930s were a down moment in that juggernaut once called the American century. For city kids like me, it was, as are all historic moments, both mysterious and exciting.

Never mind what was happening out on the beach, or on the boardwalk itself. Under the boardwalk, even when there was no twilight darkness to mask the entwined lovers a kid would sometimes stumble over in his explorations, there was always some kind of action.

The events that made history for me, albeit only now that I look back on it from a perspective of over fifty years, were the gang fights. But so different from today. and so symbolic as to how our nation has changed.

The "bath house gang wars" was how it was described in those days. Mostly weekend gangs of ethnics, as they came together in different combinations of individuals all during the summer. From one bath house came the "micks," from that one, the "wops," down the boardwalk a few blocks were the "kikes." On occasion, arriving seemingly from nowhere on the irt were groups of "spics" and "niggers." "What the hell were 'they' doing on 'our' beach?" Come to think of it, such remarks were applied indiscriminately to any and all of the other ethnic beach gangs when push inevitably came to shove.

And push and shove it was in those days of depression, tension, unending and pent-up rivalries. Whose fault was it that we were poor? Naturally, the blame fell on those noisy, pushy bastards over there on the sands playing . . .

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