The Ignorant American Public
Kevin DeAnna, the founder of Youth for Western Civilization and former WND columnist had an excellent post on his Facebook page that aptly summarized the American public's lack of interest in or knowledge of history:
"Random conversations with normal people with incredibly detailed knowledge about the history, culture, and military tactics of Westeros. We're debating strategy about the fictional Battle of the Trident but I guarantee these same people have never heard of the English Civil War. They know about Bran the Builder but have never heard of Oliver Cromwell. And it's not really their fault."
Westeros is the mythical world created by George R.R. Martin in his "Game of Thrones" novels that were largely unnoticed until they were made into a miniseries by HBO.
I noticed this widespread ignorance in the late 1990s while attending grade school in Upstate New York. My classmates, all white middle-class descendants of European immigrants, had no idea of basic historical and geographic concepts. A few of them even claimed to me that the events in "Rocky IV", where Stallone's character knocked out the Soviet Ivan Drago, actually took place!
I even remember how a social studies teacher, who recently graduated from college, claimed that the Russian and German languages are from the same linguistic family! What use is No Child Left Behind and the billions spent on it when American schools are graduating clueless teenagers taught by only slightly less clueless teachers.
Last August I was flying back to NYC from Los Cabos and the middle-aged woman at the baggage check counter saw that I was born in Moldova from my passport. She immediately said to me in fluent English: "Moldova was part of the Soviet Union, right? I always dreamed of visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg!" Her knowledge of geography was better than most American college professors I met.