These College Students Don't Know The Answers To The Most Basic US Trivia
Oh no, Millennials are ruining America! What are they teaching kids in school these days?! I hate young people! I was born 37 years old, and I've never said anything dumb in my life!
Cool, now that we got that fun part out of the way, let's talk about this video of college students failing at basic American trivia.
Salon recently posted a video to Facebook of a student at Texas Tech University asking her fellow students the following questions:
Who won the Civil War? Who's the current vice president? Who did we gain our independence from? What year was that?
The students who appear in the video are unable to answer any correctly.
(If you're wondering, the answers are the Union, Joe Biden, Great Britain and 1783. The last one is actually a trick question because, although the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the Treaty of Paris, which granted official independence, was not signed by the king of England until 1783.)
The interviewer then asks students who Brad Pitt is married to, and, of course, everyone in the video answers correctly.
Now, before we all grab our pitchforks to go stab some 20-year-olds, let's consider a few things.
First, this video is definitely edited to omit people who answered correctly. Having no faith in our youth is a lot less fun than hating them, right?
Second, I'd like you to remember a time when you were put on the spot to answer a question, and your mind went completely blank. Add a camera and an interviewer shoving a microphone in your face to that scenario. See what I mean?
And third, in my opinion, our government has yet to prove it cares about young people, and perhaps that's why young people have trouble caring in return.