June 9, 2014, D-Day afterthoughts and Our Schools

Yesterday, I went to an anniversary party here in the Hudson Valley. The gentleman host was a Vietnam veteran. He told a story pertinent to D-Day that I want to tell you. He said that on Friday, June 6th, he put his flag out. That day some friendly neighbors asked him why the flag was flying. He said that it was to honor D-Day, to which this 30 year old couple queried……what was D-Day? To repeat how astonished he was is an understatement.

He repeated their conversation to a group of us at his party. He said he could not believe it. How could university educated 30 year old people not know about D-Day, June 6, 1944, and how important it is in world history. His admitted his inclination was to say to them, “They died for you, don’t you know”, but he did not want to make waves and let it go.

This little story says a lot doesn’t it? It is yet another sorry example of how poorly educated our children really are. Being a former teacher myself, I feel that this is priority number one. Let us hope that parents, educators, politicians feel the same and will take action to facilitate more meaningful results in our schools.

I follow Diane Ravitch, who is an education writer and activist. She is also Research Professor of Education at New York University. She has a blog, dianeravitch.net and her website is dianeravitch.com

Her most recent book “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools” (2013) is an excellent book, I highly recommend it. Her 2010 book “The Death and life of the Great American School System” is also well worth reading. You can find these books at amazon.com.


One comment

  • It is absolutely mind-boggling that a college educated 30 year old doesn’t know the significance of D-Day. History has repeated itself for hundreds of years. If you don’t understand the significance of how Hitler occuppied countries in his plans to control the world you cannot see the significance and concern about Putin’s land grab in Crimea.


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