Some Reporters Realized This Must Be A War Photo

iwo.bmpThe Chicago Tribune’s Ron Grossman writes:
I took a quick survey in the newsroom the other day, something between a Rorschach test and a pop quiz, asking younger colleagues to identify an iconic photograph of World War II.
While some instantly recognized the image, others couldn’t quite place it.
“I know I ought to know it,” one co-worker said. “It was in the movie, ‘Flags of Our Fathers.'” Some, seeing uniforms, realized it must be a war photo. Maybe Vietnam? One got the era right but the battlefield wrong. She guessed it was D-Day, not, as it was, the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima.

John Leo

John Leo is the editor of Minding the Campus, dedicated to chronicling imbalances within higher education and restoring intellectual pluralism to our American universities. His popular column, "On Society," ran in U.S.News & World Report for 17 years.

2 thoughts on “Some Reporters Realized This Must Be A War Photo

  1. Thanks to the open curriculum, we have dozens of Phi Beta Kappas graduating each year from elite colleges and universities, including my own (Hamilton College),without even one American history course on their transcript.
    That’s an appalling level of ignorance with frightful consequences, all for $55,000 per year. Where is the outrage?
    Where are the trustees?

  2. For years I have opposed the public education takeover by liberals. History is no longer really taught in our public high schools. The college level has even less interest (unless it’s rewritten to suit the left). We lost the battle years ago and I don’t see any way to reverse it. Of course, even though we graduate many from high school who are functionally illiterate you can reat assured they are fine in the main subject -self esteem! My granddaughter is about to graduate from a Christian high School and you’d be proud of the history taught there. I also contribute to Hillsdale College, the only one outside of the Srevice acadamies that requires a course on the US Constitution. Don’t know what else to do at age 81.

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