We celebrate the 4th of July as the day we overtook the South. And the Declaration of Independence was signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1964. Or was it 1984? Those were some of the things media analyst Mark Dice learned when he asked San Diego beachgoers about the holiday.
One woman didn’t bat an eye when she was asked what year founding fathers Jesse Ventura and John Wilkes Booth wrote the Declaration of Independence. She said she thought it was sometime in the 1700s.
Fortunately, there was an Italian vacationer who was able to answer some basic questions about American history. At least we know they’re teaching our history somewhere.
I wish Mark had asked the beachgoers if they were the products of government schools. I’m guessing it would be somewhere in the 100% range.
If you’re a parent or grandparent, Maggie Hamilton has some great resources for teaching kids about the meaning of Independence Day on PJ Parenting’s Real Life Parenting Weekly Link Roundup.
She also make a great case for Why It Is Still Important for Your Family to Watch Fireworks.