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Old 02-13-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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You've heard of Prussia, right?

So my son had a genealogy project for school (first grade). He had to interview us about where our relatives came from, when they came to the U.S., etc. So at school there's a big map for the class with the kid's name and a piece of yarn going to the country/countries they listed. We put down Prussia - which technically doesn't exist anymore, but whatever. It's where they're from.

I was in there for something else yesterday and saw that they have "Russia" down for my son. OK, no big deal, but I mentioned it to the teacher -- basically, I just asked for a Sharpie and said I would change it myself.

The response? "I figured he wrote Russia wrong. I never heard of Prussia. That's a real place?"

Oh honey.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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So my son had a genealogy project for school (first grade). He had to interview us about where our relatives came from, when they came to the U.S., etc. So at school there's a big map for the class with the kid's name and a piece of yarn going to the country/countries they listed. We put down Prussia - which technically doesn't exist anymore, but whatever. It's where they're from.

I was in there for something else yesterday and saw that they have "Russia" down for my son. OK, no big deal, but I mentioned it to the teacher -- basically, I just asked for a Sharpie and said I would change it myself.

The response? "I figured he wrote Russia wrong. I never heard of Prussia. That's a real place?"

Oh honey.
To be honest, I have heard of Prussia, but I have no idea what country that is now. If I was the teacher I would have looked it up on the Internet before changing what the kid wrote.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:24 PM   #3
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"That's a real place?" Wow, just wow.
EDIT: Of course I have heard of it. Off the top of my head it ended in the late 1910's but not officially until near 1950. I think, or maybe I am full of it.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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Not only have I heard of it, we have ancestors from a place in Germany that no longer exists because it was in the area of the German/Polish/Prussian border.

This woman is a teacher? Obviously not history or geography.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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So my son had a genealogy project for school (first grade). He had to interview us about where our relatives came from, when they came to the U.S., etc. So at school there's a big map for the class with the kid's name and a piece of yarn going to the country/countries they listed. We put down Prussia - which technically doesn't exist anymore, but whatever. It's where they're from.

I was in there for something else yesterday and saw that they have "Russia" down for my son. OK, no big deal, but I mentioned it to the teacher -- basically, I just asked for a Sharpie and said I would change it myself.

The response? "I figured he wrote Russia wrong. I never heard of Prussia. That's a real place?"

Oh honey.
I fear for the future of our country. Your son's teacher is a moron.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:29 PM   #6
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We were always told our family was from Prussia as well!! My grandpa would always get mad when people got confused and it's kinda a family joke at this point!
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:31 PM   #7
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Ummm. Franco Prussian War??? Really teacher?!?!?! Not to mention they refer to it in a Phish song
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:31 PM   #8
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I guess they don't teach History to first grade teachers. How can you go through 12 years of school and college without ever learning about WWI (and therefore, Prussia)? Anyway, I suppose since the Soviet Union no longer exists, it's not a real place either? How about Yugoslavia?
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:41 PM   #9
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Col. Klink was Prussian (let's see who gets the reference)
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I fear for the future of our country. Your son's teacher is a moron.


Agreed.
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Same thing happened to us, only the place was Bohemia.

PS re: Col. Klink ... "Who is Werner Klemperer?" I'll take Prison Camp Humor for $300, Alex.

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Old 02-13-2013, 05:57 PM   #12
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I do!!
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:03 PM   #13
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I was once on the Social Studies committee for our local school district (in the US). I was shocked and dismayed at how little non-US history was included in the curriculum. Basically, everything was US history up until the last half year of the last year.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:10 PM   #14
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My young cousin got marked down on a geography test for labelling (correctly) the state of North Carolina on a map. His teacher insisted that THAT state...on the coast...just north of South Carolina...was in fact TENNESSEE. Her reasoning? She insists that NC does not border Georgia anywhere. And we all know of the FAMOUS beaches of Tennessee.
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I've heard of Prussia, but I think because of a song. I don't recall ever actually learning about it.
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