The historian Niall Ferguson writes in his book Civilization: The West and The Rest, (2011, Penguin Books www.amzn.com/0143122061) as follows...
|Tomb of Elizabeth I, Westminster Abbey, London|
Would American children fare any better than their British counterparts? Not according to this Boston Globe article where a majority of US 4th graders don't know why Abraham Lincoln was an important American...http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/06/19/dont_know_much_about_history/.
Even our recently re-elected Havard-educated President has shown remarkable gaps in his historical and geographical knowledge: "campaigning in all 57 states" in 2008, "Polish death camps" in World War II (http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/words-polish-death-camps-cut-deep-article-1.1087670?localLinksEnabled=false), The "English Embassy" http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068137/President-Obama-blunders-condemns-attack-English-Embassy-Tehran.html, and confusing the Malvinas / Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic with the Maldives in the Indian Ocean (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/9207183/Barack-Obama-makes-Falklands-gaffe-by-calling-Malvinas-the-Maldives.html).
Commander Kelly says, "Go see Westminster Abbey in London (http://www.westminster-abbey.org/) and get a taste of the glory of Western Civilization and history!"
* That would have been quite a trick given the fact that Nelson was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and the Battle of Waterloo was fought in 1815 (see earlier posts, Nelson Champion of Liberty 1/15/12 and Day out with the Duke of Wellington, 1/27/12).