"Consider," [Lynne Cheney] wrote then, "how little history is required of our students. Once it was taught every year kindergarten through 12th grade; now many states require but one year." If that, these days.
Today, in a contemporary book that should be in every school, and certainly within reach of members of Congress and the Obama administration, "The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country and Why It Can Again" (Bloomsbury USA, New York) -- Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes write: "We are not burdened by a sense of history, our own or anyone ... Our sense of our own past, to put it politely, is thin and growing thinner. The evidence for this is all around us."