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dumb

[AS.]
Lacking the power or faculty to speak; mute.
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For example, if a particularly bright year of pupils, the stand-out year of the century, got a record number of As at Higher, might the resulting furore over what was mistaken for 'dumbing down' persuade those setting the exams to toughen the questions - whether subconsciously or because of table-banging politicians - thereby putting the following year at an unfair disadvantage?
Although controversial, with accusations again of dumbing down, the books retain the original language along with a simplified translation in modern English.
5 he does not support dumbing down instruction about evolution in Ohio's schools.
However some critics are opposed to the idea, fearing the relaunch may be 'dumbing down' Austen's work.
It may also be due to this lack of understanding that some clients buy the dog and then want to do the barking themselves, and succeed in "dumbing down" a good concept/ cover/headline simply to assert their authority.
Elsewhere in his book, Shortt delves into such topics as grade inflation with the concurrent trend of dumbing down the curriculum, and how education officials across the country have used creative accounting on their states' test results to continue receiving federal money.
And I tell you, we keep dumbing down our schools, it won't be long before the concept of mint fudge seems complicated.
If it's a basic, easy primer to enjoying Shakespeare which is needed, try out Robert Thomas Fallon's How To Enjoy Shakespeare: it comes from a celebrated author whose Shakespeare theatre guides have been celebrated for their ease of access without 'dumbing down' information, and it is directed to newcomers often puzzled about the settings and language of Shakespeare.
Brilliantly told, the novel serves as a reminder that accessibility need not mean dumbing down. Love is its subject: the urge to know and make oneself known, and to do so, as well, through the act of writing.
Players have backed the adoption of the sin-bin and the end of the pick- up rule but bringing in a tee is seen as dumbing down a traditional art.
This narrow interpretation--foot washing is about ordaining men--of this beautiful text is an impoverishment and a dumbing down of our faith, our theology, and our intellect.