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What are they teaching them these days?

Daughter is almost 15. We were talking about President's speech. She had not seen it. (She is out of school for Regents testing week.) Husband and I suggested she watch it on Youtube. We both found it quite moving. Also succinct, which is a rare virtue in such things.

Found out she did not know the significance of Seneca Falls, Selma, or Stonewall. (Selma rang a dim bell somewhere, but that was it.)

Husband fixed her up right away with a quick review of history. He also pointed out we still have some distance to go.

Poor kid, she can't know things if nobody teaches her. 

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fabricdragon
Jan. 24th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
ouch
i wish i could say i was surprised, but i go to college with recen HS grads and the stuff they DO NOT know....
eglantine_br
Jan. 24th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
All I can say is she knows now.
provencepuss
Jan. 24th, 2013 07:20 am (UTC)
history is no longer important it seems...and here's a scary one. I went back to Uni in 1983 to do the history degree I should have done in the first place. One of my fellow students (considered 'brilliant') didn't know the difference between a Concentration Camp and a POW camp
provencepuss
Jan. 24th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
"Selma rang a dim bell somewhere, but that was it."

is't there an actress called Selma somethingorother? maybe that's what the bell was!
eglantine_br
Jan. 24th, 2013 09:56 am (UTC)
She isn't that bad. She knew it was a thing. They just don't teach them about what happened, ever, or where. So we have to do it, which actually, is fine. I would much rather teach that than math, which they seem to be giving her just fine.
anteros_lmc
Jan. 24th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
How ashamed would you be to know that of those three, Stonewall is the only one I knew about?
eglantine_br
Jan. 25th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Not at all. You know who Garibaldi is-- which is more than I did!
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