posted on Mar, 29 2010 @ 09:43 PM
The short answer to your question in my opinion is yes... now let me explain.
By far and away, this generation of yours is the single most ADD-gaming addicted-into-your-own-universe example of unchecked self-indulgence I've
ever witnessed. Not your fault. It's heaped on you by what else, corporate America. As a result, a lot of your peers seem clueless as to some of the
things I consider basic - it doesn't mean they're dumb, or that I'm smart, it just means they haven't been exposed to things such as history in
the right doses, or at least the doses that I was. The reason? The forementioned self-indulgence. Anyone, growing up, faced with what I consider to be
lenient parents with access to something as pervasive as the Internet, an XBox 360, a cell phone or any number of things that would so occupy the mind
as to leave room for little else has a tendency to warp ones perspective to the point where I can see why people would legitimitely ask what the
American Revolution was. The scary part is that a lot of parents allow this to happen...
I'm not that old honestly, but when I was growing up, parents seemed stricter - not in a bad way, but in a good way. I was made to do things like my
homework, get decent grades, above all READ. We didn't have the Internet yet, thank God, our video game systems were limited to (at my earliest
memories) the Atari 2600 and soon the NES - if I had access to God Of War III back then, I might be one of the ones of whom you speak. Point being, my
parents made me study, interact, limit the mindless game playing and go outside - and if I failed in any of these regards too frequently I was
punished for it. Seems that the problem lies in many different beds, but the overall gist is that kids these days feel that Modern Warfare is more
important than school and some parents are okay with that.
I can tell you this though. If I was in my AP English class when I was a senior and came home asking what the American Revolution was, someone
would've smacked me in the back of my face.
p.s. Proto, leave the kid alone - the question was whether or not the others in his class were dumb or overexposed to external stimuli, not whether or
not he's seen past the biases in traditionally accepted history - I do recommend reading the treaty though, it's eye-opening
[edit on 29-3-2010 by Legion2112]