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All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
- Mark Twain
OK…so this Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. You remember the back story, right? Big ship hits iceberg and sinks in the Atlantic…yadayadayada. Something like 1500 people died. It was a big deal at the time, and remains one of the biggest transportation disasters in history. It was a real tragedy, an actual historic event. I say that because there are some [insert pejorative here] members of the younger generation who think that Titanic is fiction, little more than a very good movie.
MUST. RESIST. URGE. TO. SLAM. PALM. INTO. MY. FOREHEAD….
It’s not often that I find myself rendered completely and utterly at a loss for a reaction. I don’t know whether to treat this as an epic failure of an education system that’s underfunded and undervalued…or whether to write these folks off as JUST. THAT. STUPID. Are we really raising children so intellectually incurious that they know nothing at all of and care even less about American history? Are we so far down the road of converting our schools into publicly-funded day care centers that edumication is but an afterthought? Or is an entire generation really JUST. THAT. STUPID?
As if I even need to answer that….