What are they teaching kids these days???

  1. We went out for a family dinner tonight and DD invited two friends along (age around 17). We were talking about last names and how the history is that a last name was based on what the bearer did for a living (cooper, blacksmith, etc.), and we talked about how in Iceland the last name changes with each generation and gender. DD's friend said she didn't know about her last name, so I asked her to spell it. I told her it sounds eastern European to me.

    Girl: "No, it's Czechoslovakian."


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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   dianah
    Ahhhh, youth.
  4. by   bethin
    Yep, youth. Hope she realizes someday where Czechoslovakia(sp) is.
  5. by   dianah
    She will.

    For years --- I mean YEARS!! -- my cousin thought the word beige was "bay-ish," and all that time I wondered about her strange pronunciation of it. I think I finally asked her about it when she was in her 20's, and she was surprised to learn how it was REALLY spelled. Really, it was no big deal, but just an example. I'm sure I have my own blinders.
  6. by   Kelly_the_Great
    LOL

    What did you say to her, TazziRN?
  7. by   TazziRN
    "Uh------Czechoslovakia is in eastern Europe......."
  8. by   clemmm78
    Quote from bethin
    Yep, youth. Hope she realizes someday where Czechoslovakia(sp) is.
    You mean "was." :-)

    It no longer exists.

    My dd spent two weeks in Prague last summer. I was soooo envious. What a beautiful city.
    Last edit by clemmm78 on Jan 5, '07 : Reason: clarity
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Sad fact is that untill the Cold War - Czechoslovakia was not "eastern Europe" but more "central Europe". The evisceration of the German state and the descent of the Iron Curtain ensured that the concept of "central Europe" disappeared from most western minds - to be replaced with Cold War leftovers of Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

    [wiki]Central_Europe[/wiki]

    [wiki]Visegrad_Group[/wiki]

    cheers,
    Last edit by Roy Fokker on Jan 5, '07
  10. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Sad fact is that untill the Cold War - Czechoslovakia was not "eastern Europe" but more "central Europe". The evisceration of the German state and the descent of the Iron Curtain ensured that the concept of "central Europe" disappeared from most western minds - to be replaced with Cold War leftovers of Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

    [wiki]Central_Europe[/wiki]

    [wiki]Visegrad_Group[/wiki]

    cheers,
    shuddup roy.
  11. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from earle58
    shuddup roy.


    They don't call me "Walkin', talkin' encyclopedia" fur nuttin'
  12. by   Halinja
    Totally off topic, but Tazzi, I just noticed your signature. ROGL!!!! Love it.

    Okay...topic...it scary how kids aren't being taught basic geography. One of my son's friends didn't know where Canada was, thought it was over 'one of those oceans'. Sigh.
  13. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from Halinja
    Totally off topic, but Tazzi, I just noticed your signature. ROGL!!!! Love it.

    Okay...topic...it scary how kids aren't being taught basic geography. One of my son's friends didn't know where Canada was, thought it was over 'one of those oceans'. Sigh.
    Or maybe they were taught it but they just slept through that class.

    I'm a teacher and I sometimes have students complain that they never learned x,y, or z. A classmate will say, "We learned that in 5th grade, you just weren't listening."
  14. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Talking about geographical knowledge (or lack thereof), you guys ever see the Jay Leno street interviews?

    OMGoodness!...LOL

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