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A couple of days ago, I overheard two of my colleagues talking about football. One of the mentioned the red and yellow uniform of the San Francisco Forty-Niners. I spoke up:
“The uniform is red and gold, not yellow.”
“Yellow, gold, what’s the difference?”
“It’s gold, because they’re the Forty-Niners.”
“What do you mean.”
“You do know what a ‘Forty-Niner’ is, right?”
“A football player.”
“Yes, but what is the team named after?”
“I don’t know.”
“The ‘Forty-Niners?’ 1849? The California Gold Rush?”
Years ago, I was working in a section with two doctors about my age, another, much younger, nurse and a still-younger tech. The docs and I were talking and the name Eva Braun came up. Neither the nurse or the tech had any idea who she was. At first I thought they were kidding, and said “Hitler’s girlfriend.” Nope. Never heard of her.
Now we know why idiotic ideas like “(Insert Republican president here) is worse than Hitler,” “The US today is a dystopia,” or “Donald Trump is a greater president than Abraham Lincoln” gain traction. Our glorious educational system has apparently stopped teaching history.