So this is what the state of education in the United States has come to.
We were having dinner last night with another couple.
They asked my daughter, "Do they still teach geography in school? They don't teach that anymore do they?"
My daughter said, "Yeah, we learned a lot of geography" and gave some good examples both modern and ancient.
So the guy says, "Well I don't think a lot of other schools are teaching geography anymore, like they used to with us."
Then he tells us a story how someone they know was asked what the capital of China was.
And he goes to me, "You know, you know [he emphasizes again], what the guy said?"
I looked at him a little puzzled by this question, like what could someone possibly answer to such a simple question, so I said, "Well I hope they said Beijing."
He nods his head back and forth no, eyes closed, lips pursed, like we won't believe what he was about to say.
Then, he says, "The guy said that the capital of China is...JAPAN!"
I looked at him my eyes squinting in disbelief, like that can't be a for real answer, right?
"No," he says, "That was what this guy thought, can you believe it?"
I said sort of laughing out loud, "Well maybe if World War II had ended differently that would be correct."
It sort of reminds me of the famous goof when Clinton gave the Russians the now famous "Reset Button."
It was supposed to indicate a thawing and renewal of peaceful relations, only the word printed on the button was "Peregruzka" meaning a more hostile "Overcharge."
Maybe the overcharge referred to was prophetic of the West's losing the strategic Crimea to the Russian blitzkrieg in 2014. How much did that mistake cost us?
I guess it's not only STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) suffering in our educational system.
How's that standards based education reform "No Child Left Behind" (2001) working out?
It definitely seems like some folks are most definitely being left behind if not completely lost in the system.
At this rate, I fear the capital of the United States is now Iran. ;-)