Thursday, November 13, 2008

America's Most Smartest Models

Ben Stein is so funny in this clip.Don't be put off by the slow beginning; at about minute 2 he begins a hilarious anecdote about a couple of teenage or young adult "models."



I think he makes a good point at the end about what today's TV shows teach kids: knowing stuff takes a backseat (a WAY, WAY, WAY, back, back, backseat) to singing, dancing, and fighting. I might also add, a backseat to texting, and all kinds of electronic gimmickery.
INCIDENTALLY: Stein's first teaching stint was as an adjunct professor, teaching about the political and social content of mass culture at American University in Washington, D.C., and then at University of California, Santa Cruz. He also held classes on political and civil rights from the United States Constitution at UC Santa Cruz. At Pepperdine University in Southern California, Stein taught libel law and United States securities law and its ethical aspects. He was a professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School, from about 1990 to 1997.

4 comments:

Jen said...

ummmm. . . .GERMANY! LOL!!!!!

shydandelion said...

LOL! That was great! Unfortunately, it makes me feel slightly dumb...I did know who was president, though, so that made me feel a little better...

Rebecca said...

i must be smart! I was yelling at the computer - Japan!!!! you idiot!

I like to watch war movies and I guess some of the information has sunk in...

DebbieLou said...

That is so sad! To be truthful though, I wasn't taught much about WWI, WWII, the Vietnam war, the Korean war during middle school, or high school that I remember. (Anything I was taught didn't stick much, so I could have been taught more than I thought.) Everything I know came from studying on my own, reading, watching the news and History channel etc... though some college courses did briefly brushed up on some of the topics.