Re: New US dollar coin: The Americans don't know their Presidents
Even if you learn all that stuff in school, you forget it over time.
When I was in college, the campus humor publication went to Boston for spring break and visited the Feredom Trail. They found a group of elementary school students who had no problem answering questions about American history.
Then they gound a group of high school students who didn't do so well. Who made the ride with Paul Revere? "Uh...his horse?" What was Crispus Attucks' profession? "Uh... he was black?"
Finally they found a drunk college student who didn't know squat.
I remember more American history than most, but I've forgotten other things. I remember very little chemistry and physics (but for some reason remember biology better), and I've forgotten a good bit of world history.