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» Tuesday, May 03, 2005[insert head-banging here]
While channel-surfing this afternoon came upon the children's "educational" series Timeblazers. The theme was "revolutions" and I came in on a scene of Paul Revere galloping through the empty Massachusetts countryside shouting "The British are coming! The British are coming!"
Oh, for crying out loud, people, if you're going to have an educational program, you can at least get your damn facts straight. First of all, Revere didn't go shouting anything until he got into an area where there was someone to hear, i.e. hamlet, town, wayside inn property, etc. not in the middle of the woods! More importantly, he didn't shout "The British are coming!" We were all British then, you idiots. He might have shouted "The redcoats are coming!" but what they believe he shouted were "The regulars are coming!" warning the townspeople that the troops were approaching.
Granted, some of the kids watching might not know what "regulars" referred to, so why not use "redcoats"? But "British" is simply stupid.
No wonder kids have such a bad knowledge of history these days. No one can even take the trouble to teach the correct things.