The Corner

Not Just in the United States

The inadequacies of history and civics education in the United States have long been evident and troubling. But the problem isn’t limited to this country.

Get a load of these figures from the latest print edition of the Christian Science Monitor:

• A majority of German schoolchildren do not know who built the Berlin Wall or when it was erected.

• Only 1 in 3 children in eastern Germany knows the wall was built by the Soviet-backed East German government; others think it was built either by West Germany or its Western allies.

Ignorance nurtures propaganda.