Although I already blogged today, and I tend to keep it to one posting a day, I just HAD to talk about this. I’m re-reading an article for my Organizational Psychology class (very interesting and useful, by the way), about eLearning and how to make it successful and more engaging to those involved -(3 simple words: make it WOW) – but that isn’t actually the point of my post. The article discusses engagement and an NYTimes article: Dumb and Dumber. Here’s the excerpt I wanted to share, about people who think it’s “not important or necessary to know where countries in the news are located”:

“Ms. Jacoby, dressed in a bright red turtleneck with lipstick to match, was sitting, appropriately, in that temple of knowledge, the New York Public Library’s majestic Beaux Arts building on Fifth Avenue. The author of seven other books, she was a fellow at the library when she first got the idea for this book back in 2001, on 9/11.

Walking home to her Upper East Side apartment, she said, overwhelmed and confused, she stopped at a bar. As she sipped her bloody mary, she quietly listened to two men, neatly dressed in suits. For a second she thought they were going to compare that day’s horrifying attack to the Japanese bombing in 1941 that blew America into World War II:

“This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.

The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”

“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.

At that moment, Ms. Jacoby said, “I decided to write this book.””

Thank you Patricia Cohen for that article, and thank you Rosett & Chan for discussing Cohen’s article. I’ll go ahead and let you absorb what the future of this country (and quite possibly, the world) is going to look like.