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NiteStryker

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#1 9 years ago

What things do you think should be basic knowledge to every citizen in your respective country?

After having a discussion with my wife and explaining to her who Walter Cronkite was, I got to thinking.

Like, If you walked up to a person on the street and asked them , and they didnt know the answer, they would be deported to Antartica - type deal.




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#2 9 years ago
NiteStryker;4951504 Like, If you walked up to a person on the street and asked them , and they didnt know the answer, they would be deported to Antartica - type deal.

Half of this nation would be freezing their asses off at the south pole then...




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#3 9 years ago

NiteStryker;4951504What things do you think should be basic knowledge to every citizen in your respective country?

After having a discussion with my wife and explaining to her who Walter Cronkite was, I got to thinking.

Like, If you walked up to a person on the street and asked them , and they didnt know the answer, they would be deported to Antartica - type deal.

That geezer was hardly important in the grand scope of things. I had heard of him but i had to be reminded what and who he was (granted I'm not from the US).

That said I would expect a citizen from any country to be able to outline a brief historical summary of said country and tell me what the values the nation currently are.




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#4 9 years ago

Oh wait I know the answer to that one. The values of the nation are democracy and equality, and free commerce for all under god :Puppyeyes:

It would just a way to deport anyone who doesn't like your politics.




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#5 9 years ago

No, I mean shit like....name a founding father. If you are an American citizen, born or granted, you should know George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson AT LEAST. Lots of people dont know that shit.




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#6 9 years ago

IMHO...

Walter Cronkite is important to many of my generation and the one that preceded us because everything from the Cuban Missile crisis, Apollo 11 landings, the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War, Watergate scandal, and to the US Embassy in Iran hostage crisis, it was Walter Cronkite who told us about it. Mr. Cronkite trained himself to speak and enunciate at 125 words per minute so he would be easily heard and understood.

Mr. Cronkite tried to be unbiased and was well known by his catchphrase "And thats the way it was...", and give the date. During his career Mr. Cronkite was considered by many to be the most trusted man in America as he always told it how it was and told it straight back before it was so important to use the news media to control and sway people. Today I would not give a penny for any of the news casters out there.

Cronkite also hosted a show called "You Are There" which reenacted historic events and which were required watching in my American History Class in high school.

Cronkite also hosted a documentary shown on History Channel alot called "The 20th Century"

When I was in High School American History was a required course, World History was not. The American History teacher everyone tried to get into was taught by a Greek immigrant who came to the US, went to school and got his degree in the US and stayed and taught American History and US Politics in High School. The man had a passion for passing the subject matter on that bordered on religious zeal.

IMHO besides being required to pass a English, High School Math, writing , and reading tests students should be required to pass US and World History and be able to speak at least one foreign language. I took German and passed but it was 30 years since anyone required me to speak in German. Part of our class requirement was we went to go to a local German cafe and speak and order in German.

Not practical but all Americans should also be required to spend some time outside of the country. Canada can count as long as you go beyond just the US bordering areas where it looks and acts like Europe and many people speak French.

IMHO a prime example was a thread in the General discussion where someone posted a link of a teenage girl who fell into a open manhole because she was so busy texting she walked up and stepped right into it. Her mom said that safety cones should ahve been put up but would she have even seen those? Whats next is she going to walk in front of a moving bus? Probably.

Please keep in mind that TV shows that show stupid people sample hundreds if not thousands of people and they show the bottom 10 stupidest people. Most Americans watch this and point and laugh and say "What a idiot" but some people outside the US seem to think this is a actual representation of the average American.




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#7 9 years ago

For english citizens I'd say they should have some knowledge on the Battle of Hastings and the British Empire, Not saying they need to know everything about them just some brief history, as they're both key points in English history, and In my opinion you shouldn't be classed as a citizen if you don't know anything about how it got to where it is now.




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#8 9 years ago

'-=[Ranek=-;4951807']For english citizens I'd say they should have some knowledge on the Battle of Hastings and the British Empire, Not saying they need to know everything about them just some brief history, as they're both key points in English history, and In my opinion you shouldn't be classed as a citizen if you don't know anything about how it got to where it is now.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=NiteStryker;4951632]No, I mean shit like....name a founding father. If you are an American citizen, born or granted, you should know George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson AT LEAST.

But why? Those bits of knowledge have very little practical use.




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#9 9 years ago
Like, If you walked up to a person on the street and asked them , and they didnt know the answer, they would be deported to Antartica - type deal.

Nothing fits that description. I don't care what other people do or do not know. "General Knowledge" is hardly all that important. The only reason it seems important is that we make it seem important, it has no inherent survival value. I have as much respect for a simple working man who has little knowledge of the world as I do for the Professor of Everything at Yalevard.

How much you need to know is entirely defined by your condition. A farmer needs to know how to farm, a librarian needs a knowledge of books and authors, and engineer needs to know math, science and other related fields, and so on and so forth.

KNowing who Walter Cronkite might be important to someone (politicians, jouranlists, or just people's individual thirst for knowledge) but has no particular value for a construction worker or plumber, or an engineer or farmer. (unless they have broader horizons.)

So, basically, the only important knowledge is the knowledge that is important to you. There is nothing that EVERYONE needs to learn. If EVERYONE needs to know something than what that something is, is likely something everyone will naturally learn (like not to put your hand in a fire.)




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#10 9 years ago
Nemmerle;4951811But why? Those bits of knowledge have very little practical use.

Because its our history of the country we live in. It is how we came to be and why our government is the way it is, and how revolutionary it was when it happened.