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Americans Show What They Don’t Know About WWII

Americans Show What They Don’t Know About WWII

If you need me, I’ll be drowning my sorrows in a giant bottle of whiskey

I always found Jay Leno’s “Jay Walking” segment depressing. He would wander around Los Angeles, conducting man on the street interviews with passers by, most of whom showed complete ignorance about very basic American history questions. I never found it humorous, I found it disheartening, but also context for why things are the way they are.

This video is no different. Who fought in World War II? Who was Hitler?



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TX-rifraph | May 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

Thanks to the Colleges of Education, schools purpose is now indoctrination rather than education. Orwell’s Winston Smith spent his time in the Ministry of Truth re-writing history so nobody would know the truth.

The left needs government controlled schools to maintain this level(depth) of ignorance.

    4fun in reply to TX-rifraph. | May 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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Look on the bright side, Kemberlee.

They could all name all of the Kardashians, and who Miley Cyrus is dating.

legacyrepublican | May 9, 2016 at 9:43 am

I just visited the beaches of Normandy and the American Cemetery with my lovely bride in March.

We can’t ever forget the price of our freedom for the sake of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom.

Battle of Suriago Straits in Phillipines , I m pretty sure was the last Duel of battleships.

    Yep, among other things.

    Oh, I screwed up: the trivia about the German commerce raider refers to a World War I situation, not WWII. In any case, I’ll post the details later.

      Old0311 in reply to Rusty Bill. | May 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Probably the last time the Imperial Navy put to sea.

        Nope. See “Battle of the Atlantic”, “Channel Dash” and “Operation Rheinubung”, among others.

          Rusty: Nope, those were 3rd Reich Kriegsmarine operations of WWII not of the Imperial Navy.

          Good sources of the end of WWII in the Pacific were histories written by Richard Frank and by D. M. Giangreco on Operation Downfall, outlining preparations for the expected invasion of Japan and the expected costs, both in blood and treasure.

          However, personally not too much into how WWI ended, except some knowledge about the disaster created by Wilson’s demands upon that final peace treaty in 1919.

    Anti-Statist in reply to dmi60ex. | May 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Last use of PT boats in combat?

Shoot, and there weren’t even any math questions.

But this is hardly a reasonable test. If some obnoxious putz like that interviewer waylaid me in the street, I wouldn’t tell her a thing, whether I knew the answer or not; I’d be too busy looking for an escape route.

That’s a much better demonstration of the same problem, as it deals MUCH less frenetically with kids who came from what most people would call “very good” schools.

It’s been featured here at LI before, but it bears watching annually, I think.

Over the years, History became Social Studies became Global Studies and now they don’t really study anything. They can tell you that Islam is the religion of peace but can’t tell you why people compare the Iran Nuke deal with Munich, or what happens when “good men do nothing.”

    Old0311 in reply to irv. | May 10, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Back in the 60’s students even got a dose of Texas history along with world history. World history was mostly European history and I’d never been to Waterloo, but I had experienced the quiet reverence inside the Alamo and had seen the vastness of the Llano Estacado. Texas, ya gotta love it.

The left has been in charge of public education for a couple of generations now. There should be no surprise.

The moment I heard the interviewer ask “what were the two teams?” I realized that the only thing dumber than the responses was the person asking the questions.

Me, I need a bottle of vodka. Happy VE Day/Victory Day, everyone!

Those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it. Mr. Hitler, call your office.

I’ve been following The Great War on you tube and have decided Vietnam was a walk in the park compared to WWI. The series the war week by week with some special episodes. It is here.

    Weirddave in reply to Old0311. | May 10, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast has a fantastic series of episodes on WWI. 6 episodes lasting about 24 hours total. Well worth your time.

To be fair, both Leno and these guys the most “doltish” answers. They rearely show a correct one. I doubt it is as bad as they would have us think.