Surveys revealing how ill-informed U.S. schoolkids are on basic facts of history are the hardiest of perennials. Well, take heart, America. British kids are no better informed than ours. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reports British kids fared miserably on a survey about their island nation’s maritime heritage. Some kids think the Spanish Armada is a tapas-style dish, while others confuse Captain Cook with Captain Kirk.
“The report found six in ten youngsters didn’t know the Battle of Waterloo was fought in Belgium, with one in six opting instead for the London’s railway station….And a worrying one in ten said Horatio Nelson was the captain of the French national football team in the Nineties and the same number said Christopher Columbus discovered gravity.”
On the other hand, six in ten know Blackbeard was a pirate. But ten percent think he’s the character played by Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Spanish Armada is a national dish, Walter Raleigh invented the bicycle and 18th Century explorer Captain Cook was the helm of Starship Enterprise, according to research released today .
Frighteningly, a new survey also reveals that many also think that the Battle of Waterloo was fought at the London rail terminal, Horatio Nelson captained the French football team in the Nineties… and that thousands have never set foot in the sea.