http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2010/06/americans-vs-basic-historical-knowledge/19596/ http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-11-19-civics_N.htm And this is the basic stuff. This hardly scratches the surface. This doesn't even begin to cover world history, or the lesser heard about military engagements of the United States. I could literally ask some guy on the street about the American regime in the Philippines in the first half of the 20th century, or who Emilio Aguinaldo was, or who Queen Liliuokalani was, and they wouldn't have a clue. What's going on in the classrooms? Is it some "America is good, rock on! Everyone else bad!" sort of thing? I guess I'm not surprised since all nations no doubt skew their history, and the United States moreso because of the recent Cold War, but Good Lord! That's why I recommend Howard Zinn's "A Peoples' History of the United States" be required reading.