A Presidents' Day Education

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnis | Updated: Feb 23, 2010

A Presidents' Day Education

February 16, 2010

Yesterday I was in a Northern Virginia grocery store and while waiting in line struck up a conversation with a little girl and her mother. The girl looked as if she might be in first or second grade.

"Did you enjoy all the time off from the snow?" I asked the little girl.

"Yes," she nodded.

"And now you have today off, too," I said.

"It's Presidents' Day," chimed in her mother.

I then asked the little girl if she knew who the first president was.

Without hesitation, she said, "Obama."

"No, honey," I said, "It was George Washington." The little girl looked puzzled and then her mother said, "You learn something new everyday."

That could be interpreted as the mother instructing her daughter, or maybe the mother didn't know the name of the first president either.

Clearly these people are committed to government education, but even government schools should be teaching about our first president, shouldn't they? I'm Cal Thomas in the town named for our first president…Washington.

A Presidents' Day Education