Thursday, September 17, 2009

Is George Washington still alive?

Asked by a 6th grade girl today. She was serious. She did not know. I'm supposed to teach her world history this year.

6 comments:

Kathy said...

Yikes! Don't we start teaching history at about the age of 5 or 6? Where has she been?

Joan said...

5th grade they are tested over American History. She is a beneficiary of NCLB.

a corgi said...

that is sad. Of course last night I was talking to someone who said Costa Rica was an island........

betty

Joep said...

Thank you for this post. Isn't it wonderful to be a teacher when such a question has to be coped with? It triggered some thoughts of mine which can be found at Does a bird have horns

Hannah said...

Crazy

=^^=

Lyndsey said...

It is a shame what some of these kids don't know. I have some 5th graders that I see in the clinic that can't tell time on an analog clock! Or they don't know their mom's cell phone number or their home number. I am surprised each time, but see it so often, it's sad.
I have a 3rd grader that I see everyday that I'm forcing to tell me the time, it's a work in progress, but she's trying.