As many of my readers know, history is no longer taught in our schools as the means of knowing the past in chronological order. It is taught under the rubric of “social studies,” a category invented by the Progressives as part of their dumbing-down of young Americans with a curriculum tailored to turn the youth into socialists. Which means that most Americans have no sense of cause and effect, because history is now taught as unconnected episodes describing unpleasant facts about America’s past: the white man’s destruction of Indian culture; the slave trade; the struggle of the labor movement; the robber barons of the Industrial Revolution; the exploitation of child labor by cruel capitalists; our cheating the Mexicans out of the Southwest.
And that is why when you ask a young American to name America’s wars in chronological order they are not only stumped when it comes to dates, they don’t even know whom these wars were fought against. Jay Leno has performed a valuable service by interviewing average individuals on the streets of Los Angeles and asking them simple questions about American history. Some of these brightly dressed ignoramuses didn’t even know whom we fought against in the Revolutionary War.
And if you ask any of them about Europe’s wars against the Muslims, you might as well be talking about dancing on the moon. Europe is a place with a tower called Eiffel, a place where the Beatles came from, a place where the Pope lives, and a place where they eat croissants. I’m sure that if you asked the dummies in Los Angeles to tell you where the Pope lives, they’d have no idea. But back in 2006 (Jan. 26-Feb. 1), the French newspaper L’Express International thought it a good idea to remind Frenchmen of some of their own interesting cultural as well as culinary history: where their delectable “croissants” came from.
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