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Is America Getting Dumber?

December 24th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Apparently, the PR people at the White House seem to think so.  I just dug up this interesting graph which shows the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of US Presidential Inaugeration speeches, and it shows a serious downward trend over the past century or thereabouts.

One can quickly note several things about this graph.

First is the downward trend.

Second is the way the speeches’ score is usually lower for second terms than it is for first terms.

Third, is interestingly the presidents who spike up…  Hmm…

Anyway, I stumbled across this by chance when doing more research in finding better tools to help me calculate the Flesch-Kincaid scores of my end-of-the-year email that I just prepared for my blog subscribers, and had to share it when I saw it.

Comments are welcome!

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