You have probably seen at least one news article asking the public, “Are American children getting dumber?” What are your thoughts? Is it really true? With all our technological advances, it is hard to believe that children could possibly be getting dumber, but there are a mass of articles reporting dismal test scores. Please think about these questions and check out each of these resources and you can also find your own. Some of these sources have some really compelling arguments that kids are getting smarter, whereas others claim they are not. In fact, another suggests that American kids were never really that smart to begin with:

Are We Getting Dumber? The Imperative of Investing in Early Childhood


https://fee.org/articles/why-americans-are-being-dumbed-down-and-how-to-fix-it/
– https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-06-14/study-people-are-getting-dumber
– http://www.livescience.com/6852-birth-order-affects-childs-intelligence-personality.html
– http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2011/10/06/music-training-improves-verbal-intelligence-in-children/
– http://www.phillymag.com/articles/feature-is-it-just-us-or-are-kids-getting-really-stupid/
– https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2011/02/american-kids-aren-t-getting-dumber-they-were-just-never-that-smart/338965/
– https://www.theblaze.com/news/2011/09/12/is-spongebob-making-your-kids-dumber
– http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/morford/article/American-kids-dumber-than-dirt-Warning-The-3237239.php
– http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/is_our_kids_getting_dumber
– http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/are_american_kids_getting_dumber/
Your task for this discussion is to:
· What evidence are people giving to support the notion that “American children are becoming dumber?” Please list and describe two unrelated reasons. (4 points)
· What are suggestions for helping American children become smarter? List and describe at least one suggestion. (1 point)
· What is your opinion? Do you think American children are becoming dumber? Why or why not? Be sure to describe in detail why or why not and also provide citations for your thoughts. (7 points)
Provide citations during your post and a list of references used (at the bottom of your post). You need at least 1 academic journal article reference. Both citations and references should be given in APA style.