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Saturday, March 22 

Education: Not Just Failing In America

We've all seen the stories about students in America who can't find Iraq on a map, or who can't name our Vice Presidnet, now comes surveys that show that Britain's students are receiving the same level of instruction.
One in three primary school pupils believe that Sir Winston Churchill was the first man to walk on the moon, according to a survey.
That's right, in a survey of students between the age of four and ten in the U.K., 1/3 don't know the difference between Sir Winston Churchill and Neil Armstrong. Not really much of a surprise, though, considering the results from this survey.
  • A fifth of British teenagers believe Sir Winston Churchill was a fictional character, while many think Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur and Eleanor Rigby were real.

  • 47% believe king Richard the Lionheart was fictional

  • 27% thought Florence Nightingale was fictional

  • 65% believe that King Arthur was real

  • 58% believe that Sherlock Holmes was real and lived at 221B Baker Street

  • 51% believe that Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest and robbed from the rich to give to the poor

I would be willing to bet, however, that many of the students that have no clue whether Winston Churchill was real have strong opinions about the war in Iraq and man-made global warming.

It kills me what passes for civics classes these days. Instead of learning about history, how our government was founded, and the fight for liberty by so many, students learn how the importance of recycling, the evil, imperialistic tendencies of America, and how Europeans are responsible for most of the evils of the last 400 years.

People wonder why Europe doesn't have the stomach to fight the war on terror, when it's glaringly obvious. A country that doesn't teach it's children about the resolve of Winston Churchill and the British people during WWII will never understand why they should stand up to any evil.

So, out of respect for one of the greatest war time leaders of any country in history, Sir Winston Churhill in his own words. If you can listen to this and not be moved, you are a heartless bastard.

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