From the notes this on the YouTube page:
Sci-Fi Author Jerry Pournelle recently re-published a sixth grade reader from 1914. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle explains how full comprehension of a single paragraph from that hundred-year-old elementary school textbook eludes virtually all of today’s college graduates; shows why it is such a sin, and reveals the Progressive Struggle for Stupidity in all of its undeniable venality.
Here is Pournelle’s book: California Sixth Grade Reader
If you can’t afford it, I recommend taking a look at the Kindle free sample to get the flavor of the reader just to get an idea of how much we have lost.
As home-schooling parents we were fortunate: we got to choose the future Baron’s reading. But after our initial introduction, he proved the point that left to their own devices children will often choose things you would consider “too advanced” for them. For example, the fB found a book on the World War I poets in one of our bookcases and he soon had much of it memorized. Obviously, he was intelligent, but no more so than his friends. Many of those friends — e.g., Cub Scout troop members — went to the local school and the last thing in the world they wanted was to have to read something.
Many kids will like Pournelle’s choice, at least if you get them young enough, before being with the kewl kids is their summum bonum. The home-schooled kids have the best chance, especially if they don’t have a TV.
Parents who don’t have the choice to homeschool could look into Hirsch’s compendium:
It’s fun to read together and a good starting point for acquiring texts your child will never see otherwise as he is further dumbed down by the Marxist cabal running that federal level Common Core curriculum from which some states are opting out in disgust. Not only is it regimented, it is difficult to use — or so say many teachers. Bill Gates, well-meaning dupe, is “helping” them get this thing off the ground.