February 7, 2008

The Triumph of PC History

USA Today, via Steve Sailer and Rod Dreher, reports that high schoolers named the avatars of PC History as the most famous Americans:

1. Martin Luther King Jr.: 67%

2. Rosa Parks: 60%

3. Harriet Tubman: 44%

4. Susan B. Anthony: 34%

5.Benjamin Franklin: 29%

6. Amelia Earhart: 25%

7. Oprah Winfrey: 22%

8. Marilyn Monroe: 19%

9. Thomas Edison: 18%

10. Albert Einstein: 16%

Oy vey. Not to denigrate anyone on the list, except perhaps poor Marilyn, but this list can only be a result of affirmative action history teaching. My list (keep in mind, not necessarily the greatest, but the most famous):

1. George Washington.

2. Thomas Jefferson.

3. Ben Franklin.

4. Abraham Lincoln.

5. Mark Twain.

6. Franklin Roosevelt.

7. Thomas Edison.

8. Frank Sinatra.

9. Henry Ford.

10. Robert E. Lee.

Dead white males, all. Put in pipe and smoke.


Grumpy Old Man said...

OK. Someone said the students were told to leave out Presidents. So add Al Capone, Martin Luther King, Elvis, and Walt Disney.

Deb said...

You are a SUCH a card.

Nikki (and sometimes Daniel) said...

I wonder how many of the students knew the list of presidents well enough to avoid them in their lists. Call me cynical, but I think I am heartened that they didn't list Britney Spears.