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Teach your children common facts

It’s summer vacation. Time to be away from education, right?


It’s a good time for parents to teach children common-knowledge lessons. Common knowledge are things educated people assume most people know; however, many people don’t. In fact, common knowledge becomes a bit so common that some schools breeze past these things.

But remember the questions Jay Leno would ask folks on the street for “The Tonight Show” and how the people struggled to respond? They didn’t show viewers the people who got the answers correct.

When parents teach common knowledge at a young age, it really sticks.

Here is a list of a few ideas:

  • Learn the order of the presidents from World War II to the present day: Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
  • Know the 50 state capitals. No, the capital of New Mexico is not Albuquerque. It’s Santa Fe. If nothing else at least know the states around Minnesota: Iowa is Des Moines, Wisconsin is Madison, North Dakota is Bismarck and South Dakota is Pierre. It seems foolish when full-grown adult Minnesotans don’t know these.
  • Explain the solar system, starting with how the moon orbits the Earth, the Earth orbits the sun. Teach the order of the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. You might even explain how Pluto is a dwarf planet.

— Fergus Falls Daily Journal