Sunday, February 03, 2008

Winston Churchill Never Existed say 25% of Brits

Oxford, Cambridge, Kings College, Exeter University - England was once the home of higher education, was once synonymous with higher learning. Lately, however, Great Britain has lost their grip on reality.

A poll conducted by UKTV Gold television of 3000 British people shows they have nearly completely abandoned any pretext of education and intelligence.

The poll out Monday shows:

- 23% believe Winston Churchill, the World War II Prime Minister, is a myth.

- 47% reckon Richard the Lionheart, the 12th Century King is a myth.

- 23% believe the Crimean War nurse, Florence Nightingale, is a fictional character.

- 3% are of the opinion that Charles Dickens, one of England's most important authors, is fiction.

Mahatma Ghandi, the Indian political activist and non-violence advocate who brought about Indian freedom from Britain, and the Duke of Wellington, the commander of the armies that defeated Napolean at Waterloo are among the top ten persons thought to be only myths.

On the other hand:

- 58% think Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective in the Arthur Conan Doyle crime novels actually existed, and presumably, Dr. Watson and Prof. Moriarty, too. It's elementary, truly elementary.

- 33% of the English folk questioned reckoned the pilot/adventure hero of the W.E. Johns stories, Biggles, to be a real personage.

The Dark Ages, though missnamed, have been known as the Dark Ages because Western peoples are believed to have been stupid, ignorant, and superstitious, they had lost or destroyed the knowledge discovered and developed over thousands of years of civilzation by the Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Etruscans, and many others. Are we entering a new Dark Ages due to willfull stupidity, ignorance, and superstition? If this poll truly represents the state of British knowledge, then the West is in really big trouble far exceeding the danger posed by Islam and its religiously fanatical fundamentalists.

Original story:
Yahoo News

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Gayle said...

Good grief! No wonder the UK is in such a decline! Well, I feel pretty certain that if a poll were taken on the street in any city in America, many Americans wouldn't know who Winston Churchill was, or any of the other people you named. Our education is on the decline too, and it's very scary!

Not too long ago I saw Hanity doing one of his street polls. He was asking people who Nancy Pelosi and Reid were. I was shocked at the amount of people who didn't have a clue. I'm sure there are far too many people out there who don't even know who McCain or Romney are. Being glued to their tv sets, I'll bet more of them knew who Fred Thomas was because of his acting career, but aren't involved enough to have voted for him. Ingorance is not bliss. Ignorance can kill us!

Mike's America said...

How could they be so stupid! Oh well, the schools probably only teach the joys of multiculturalism, world socialism and tree worship.

But haven't they seen ole Winston's statue in front of Parliament?

Or do they think the Palace of Westminster is ride at Euro Disney?

P.S. great photo here:

Indigo Red said...

Gayle, I can understnd ignorrance and even stupidity, but the inability to differentiate fact from fiction is intolerable.

In fact it's just down right Mudkitty-esque.

I can't imagine how they could be so stupid, Mike. All I can say is that at the time of the Revolution, there were more newspapers being published in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York each than were avialble in all on Great Britain. The English seem not to have yet caught up.

Indigo Rose said...

While my daughters were in school new history books finally replaced the books that were missing pages and covers. The problem with new history books was the thickness... they were no thicker than the old books;maybe even thinner. Different font? NO! The persons in the know decided that much of what was in the books was unnecessary to the children of today. Parts of history were down to paragraphs. Names were left out when talking about major issues. My youngest daughter had a seventh grade teacher that told her that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was wrong... that Japan had done nothing to involve the US in war. She told my daughter that her Grandfather, a WWII vet, had fought in a dishonorable war.
When I brought this up to the school Principal he told me that every teacher could teach what they wanted, as long as they filed a plan at the beginning of the school year. The teacher taught her version of WWII and that was okay with the district.
As parents we stepped forward and talked with our daughter, we bought books, we talked. HOw many young people do not have anyone to take the time to check on what is being taught? Trust is being given to the wrong people.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

but the inability to differentiate fact from fiction is intolerable.

That was the odd part. Not knowing who a person is, is one thing; but to think someone like Winston Churchill is a "myth"?! Wtf?!!!

Yesterday, a 13 year old at gym was reading "Princess Bride", and Winston Churchill's name came up in the book; she asked me who he was. Mike's America would have taken her to the woodshed, over it, I'm sure.

I fault the school system. I asked what she was learning, and she rattled off about the Middle East (understandable), but also other studies that amounted to multiculturalism promotion.

Not too long ago I saw Hanity doing one of his street polls. He was asking people who Nancy Pelosi and Reid were. I was shocked at the amount of people who didn't have a clue.

And Gaye....those are people who are going to vote for Obama- because they've heard about what a swell guy for unity and change he is, on MTV and Oprah.

Indigo Red said...

A 13 year old girl was reading - READING! - a book ... at a gym ... in PUBLIC! Word, I'm going to let her slide on this one because she's reading. At 13, she has plenty of time to learn about Churchill. Heck, she might even read about him.

Rose, your story is all too common and sad. But, you did the right thing as a parent and educated your daughters yourself. Their Grandad did a fine job with his stories, too. It is too bad that so many stupid people go into teaching, but at the low pay, what else can we expect.