Friday, 9 August 2013

What the heck are they teaching kids in school these days?

Hmmm, a paintball battle would have
been so cool. 
After two years, we felt it was time the boys did a little traveling outside of their comfort zone. After all, our little vacations up till now have consisted of camping and visiting Niagara Falls. So yes, they really haven't experienced anything different. Nor have they ever been on a plane.

So we decided to take a little jaunt to Quebec City! 

But this post isn't about our trip to Quebec City.

This post is about the sorry state of our education system. I say this because their knowledge of Canada, and Quebec in general, can make baby Jesus cry. 

Please allow me to present a number of quotes, and one statement,  from our boys whilst in Quebec:

"Does Quebec have its own money?"
"Are we still in Canada?"
"Do we need a passport?"
"Did Abraham Lincoln fight on the Plains of Abraham?"
"Is pizza French?"
"The changing of the guards should include paintball bullets or Nerf guns." I actually agree with this as it would have made the whole thing much more interesting :)

Should the boys, who are now going into grades 3, 4 and 6, know more about Canada and our history at their ages? When do the schools start teaching it these days?  Our kids can name the US president, but not know who the Canadian Prime Minister is. They also know who the first US president was, but not Canada's first Prime Minister.

Anyway, that's my rant.

Quebec City is absolutely gorgeous, the food is delicious and the Sangria is to die for. Sadly I didn't get my Beaver Tail :(