Knowledge and ignorance

This recently came to Ian Parker-Joseph. Seems to be on the money:

The class teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American history. Who said ‘Give me Liberty , or give me Death’?”

She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Little Hodaiki a bright foreign exchange student from Japan, who had his hand up:

‘Patrick Henry, 1775’, he said.

‘Very good! Who said, ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth?’

Again, no response except from Little Hodaiki: ‘Abraham Lincoln, 1863’.

‘Excellent!’ said the teacher continuing, ‘let’s try one a bit more difficult…’ Who said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?’

Once again, Hodaiki’s was the only hand in the air and he said: ‘John F. Kennedy, 1961’.

The teacher snapped: ‘Class, you should be ashamed of yourselves, Little Hodaiki isn’t from this country and he knows more about our history than you do.’

She heard a loud whisper: ‘F . . . k the Japs,’

‘All right – who said that? I want to know right now!’ she angrily demanded.

Little Hodaiki put his hand up, ‘General MacArthur, 1945.’

At that point, a student in the back said, ‘I’m gonna puke.’

The teacher glared around and demanded, ‘All right! Now who said that!?’

Again, Little Hodaiki said, ‘George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.’

Now furious, another student yelled, ‘Oh yeah? Suck this!’

Little Hodaiki jumped out of his chair waving his hand and shouted to the teacher, ‘Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinsky 1997!’

Now with almost mob hysteria someone said, ‘You little shit. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.’

Little Hodaiki frantically yelled at the top of his voice, “Michael Jackson to the child witness testifying against him, 2004.’

The teacher fainted. As the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, “Oh shit, now we’re fucked!”

Little Hodaiki said quietly, “Bob Diamond, Barclays Bank, 2012.”

2 comments for “Knowledge and ignorance

  1. August 12, 2012 at 01:07

    The last surviving crew member from the Enola Gay was featured on Radio 2 (maybe 4?, I swap between the two) on Saturday morning. He was asked a question that cannot recall but his answer was

    “The sort of teacher that introduces me to class as ‘from World War Eleven…'”

  2. Moggsy
    August 12, 2012 at 04:41

    Now the post is amusing, It does make a statement about modern education…

    but I can’t believe it is actually a real incident.

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