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What I Learned Wednesday - President Who?

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Should I admit this?  Maybe not, but I will anyway.  I do not know all of the presidents of the United States.  There, do I need to leave the country now?  Well, of course I do not.  I am sure there are many out there - smart, college-educated, higher-learning persons - who do not know all of the presidents either.  That is not what I learned, though.  What I learned was that I did not know the first four presidents in order.  I thought I did.

My son, 13 years old, taught me this lesson.  Stephen, Amanda, & I were watching Jeopardy, I think.  I am not really sure how the conversation started, but I do think that is right.  There was a question about presidents and I rattled off quite a few.  I then proceeded to state that I may not know all of the presidents but I did know the first four, in order.  W*R*O*N*G!

What I said: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams

The correct order: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, THEN John Quincy Adams

Stephen [13 years old] knew I was wrong.  Amanda [16] asked if Edison was a president.  She apparently was not taught anything about the presidents.  She knew Obama and Bush.

I did redeem myself by being able to name all of the presidents during my lifetime: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama.

So, what do you think about kids not learning the presidents in school?   Sure, they learn about Washington and Lincoln, but what about the others?  Were they so uneventful that they hardly bare mentioning?  I may have learned that I did not know as much as I thought I knew, but learning that my children are going to know even less is a bit more discerning!

Want to test you knowledge of the presidents?  Check out POTUS.

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