Common Knowledge: This Video is a Real Eye-opener

Common Knowledge: This Video is a Real Eye-opener

Common Knowledge: This Video is a Real Eye-opener


I received this video in my inbox yesterday, and it really made me pause.

Take a look at it by clicking on the link below. You don’t have to watch the whole thing if you don’t have the time, but there’s a section at the end that really brings the point of the video home.

Keep in mind, these aren’t just any old kids, they’re college kids. Our hope for a brighter tomorrow. Keep in mind, too, that the questions being asked aren’t about Guatemala, Uzbekistan, or Chad. They’re being asked about the good old U. S. of A.: their own damn country.

I don’t think their answers are cute like some of them obviously do, or even acceptable.

I don’t think they’re something to laugh off either.

I think they’re a sad reflection of the state of our society.

Maybe I just woke up and slipped on my cranky pants, or am taking the whole “common knowledge is kind of important” thing a bit too seriously.

What do you think?

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Written by Becky


  • Lisa says:

    I don’t think this is as much about our educational system as it is the all access social media and technologicsl society that we now live in. With the smartphones, iPads, and computers we provide our kids, they have 24/7 access to this superfluous pop culture media and more.

    • Becky says:

      True, Lisa, but how is it that they’re able to retain inconsequential information like what show Snookie is on, but can’t seem to remember the name of our Vice President? With those very same electronic devices, they’re able to access scores of news updates along with the pop culture information. Sometime, somehow the importance of celebrities and sports figures and the like usurped that of political and intellectual leaders. And that shift is very disturbing to me.

      • Lisa says:

        I doubt that many kids follow any legitimate news sources, but instead stop their scrolling at celebrity or pop culture news or videos. I’m sure Snooki and her escapades are much more interesting to them (sadly) then who the VP of the US is. And these kids are tech savvy–I’m sure you heard that several LZHS students were caught with a downloaded app on their school issued iPads and personal smartphones that allowed them to access non-educational websites and apps that are supposed to be blocked by the schools filter while they are at school. So, again, we put in their hands what we are intending to be educational tools and they use these devices for uneducational and probably entertaining use during the school day, in addition to what they use with their smartphones and iPads when they are not in school. I doubt they were downloading legitimate news sources or world history, political science math, or any educational apps when they were bipassing the schools filter with this app.

  • Catherine says:

    I have my cranky pants on every day about this. This lack of knowledge and understanding of our country’s foundation and history will continue to lead to more of the same kinds of problems we’re facing today as a nation.

  • Joe says:

    If I were their parents I would beat them all.

    • Becky says:

      Hmm, I imagine you mean figuratively. Yes, it would be embarrassing to be one of their parents realizing how little they know of the world.

  • Cyndi Smith says:

    Oh my gosh! Joining you with my own pair of cranky pants on!! Epic FAIL on our education system that these “future leaders” know more about Pop Culture than they do about our country! Sad and disgusting!

    • Becky says:

      Thanks for joining me in Crankypantsland, Cyndi! Jame and I just got done with coffee, during which time we set up a lengthy lesson plan for Spence today (poor lad) in light of this article. If our educational system isn’t going to do an adequate job, I’ll be darned if we won’t as parents.

  • Victor says:

    Wow. This is really sad. I hope kids start to take things more seriously.

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