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Google released its year-end zeitgeist list of the most popular searches by major city, and in almost every market, there’s at least one school-related search in the Top 10. In Los Angeles, “LAUSD” was the top search term for the year. Here in Washington, “FCPS blackboard,” a Web site for parents and students in the nearby Fairfax County public schools, was the most frequently Googled term. And in Chicago, “impact CPS,” the city school district’s Web-based student-information system used by teachers, district administrators, as well as parents, was searched for more than anything else. —Lesli Maxwell
The vast majority of Americans flunked a test on the basic facts of the American Revolution, according to a new nationwide survey of adults 18 and over, conducted by the American Revolution Center.
As often occurs in surveys of this sort, the poll produced results that are both amusing and sad. More Americans knew that Michael Jackson sang “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” than knew that Alexander Hamilton was the first Treasury secretary. Half did not get the historical chronology correct, believing, for instance, that the Civil War, or the War of 1812, preceded the American Revolution. I knew some of the answers on the test, but I was lost on others. —Sean Cavanagh
Vol. 29, Issue 14, Page 8Published in Print: December 9, 2009, as Blogs of the Week