I got to thinking …. Do YOU know when Thanksgiving is? Or Christmas? Or Easter?
Back in my school days, things like this were drilled into our heads. Along with the date that Columbus discovered America (1492).
What do they teach children in school these days? Do they know important dates … when Lincoln was shot? (April 14, 1865) When Kennedy was shot? (November 22, 1963) Do they even KNOW who Lincoln was? Or Kennedy?
Can the kids make change without a register that tells them the change? Can they tell time without a digital clock?
Yes, many know more about electronics than we ‘old folks’ but what else do they know?
Can they do math without a calculator? Do they know the capitols of the states? Do they know all of the states? Can they write a short story? Can they spell?
Just for fun and giggles, ask a few people around you – even some adults….. when is Thanksgiving? When is Christmas?
Don’t bother about Easter – I can never figure that one out, either – it is always the first Sunday after the last something or other –the first full moon of the last month of the next year of the seventeenth trimester. It’s when the astronomers decide, somehow.
I ask young people and children sometimes .. not the younger ones – they wouldn’t have learned that, yet.
“When is Thanksgiving?” …. “Is it in November?” “I think it’s on a Thursday this year.”
Thanksgiving is ALWAYS on a Thursday – the 4th Thursday of November – which is why it’s so early this year – the 23rd …because the 1st was on a Wednesday.
“When is Christmas? “ “I think it’s on the 25th this year.”
Christmas is ALWAYS on the 25th .. no matter what day it is.
“When is the Forth of July?” “I’m not sure … is it in July?” Duh!!!
This goes back to my complaint in May about Memorial Day. Are they going to change Independence Day and Christmas to suit the general public and have them on the first Monday of July or the last Monday of December?
Go ahead and ask someone and see what the answer is. Are we ‘dumbing down’ America? What DO they teach children these days?
Have a beautiful, educational day!