February 26, 2004
My son is ten years old. I gave him this test and he got eight out of ten correct, and you can bet your ass that he never learned this stuff in school.
1) Who was the first President of the United States?
2) Who made the "Louisiana Purchace" and who explored it?
3) What year did that happen?
3) When did the War of 1812 end?
4) What does "crossing the Rubicon" and "The die is cast" have in common?
5) Why are railroad tracks the distance apart that they are?
6) What is a "Mule Skinner?"
7) What was a "Conestoga Wagon" and what was so special about it?
8) Who killed President Lincoln? Where did it happen?
9) Who was Robert E. Lee?
10) Who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" and where was he when he did it?
My son missed two of those questions. He didn't know what a "Mule Skinner" was and he didn't know when the War of 1812 ended. Otherwise, he did really well.
Give that test to your children. Hell, take it yourself. If you don't know that shit, you should, and so should your children.
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