I’ve talked before about how the way we educate children has changed since I was a student. My generation was immersed in the basics, colloquially referred to as the three “R’s”, reading, writing and arithmetic. Some of us baby boomers get by quite nicely, thank you, not having been educated in the modern era where it’s hard to fail, high school math confuses everyone including some teachers, and cursive writing (longhand) is disappearing.
I wonder how many of today’s high schoolers would know the answer to these questions: How long was the hundred years war? (Answer: 116 years). Which country makes Panama hats? (Answer: Ecuador). What are Camel’s Hair brushes made from? (Answer: squirrel fur). What colour is a Purple Finch? (Answer: crimson). Where do you find Chinese gooseberries? (Answer: New Zealand). The Canary Islands are named after what animal? (Answer: dogs). What colour is the black box in a commercial airplane? (Answer: orange). To be truthful, I don’t remember these things from school either, but I’m sure we learned tham.