American History the Thoroughly Modern Midge Way

Midge has been learning about basic American history in her history curriculum.  Yes, we study actual history (in a linear fashion) not social studies.  This is one of my favorite parts of the K12 curriculum, but this post is not about what I think kids should be learning in school versus what they generally are learning in school.

This post is about Midge.  And modern pop culture.  And how the two are mixing more than I realized.

So we were reviewing an earlier lesson and I asked her, “What was the name of the war in which the American colonists won their independence from Great Britain?”

Her finger went to the corner of her mouth as she said, “Ummmm . . . Ummmm . . . Umm . . .”

I tried to jog her memory a bit by singing (as much as you can call what I do singing) part of the School House Rock video (which is not part of the curriculum, but is a very fun supplement):

“It was the shot heard ‘round the world, the American . . . ?”

“Umm . . . Umm . . . Umm . . .”

Again I sang, “It was the shot heard ‘round the world, the American . . .?”

“Idol!  American Idol!!!!!” she exclaimed with pride and little blond-headed glee.


Okay, no, actually I busted  gut laughing.

But just so you know, we reviewed the same question today and she got it right, without hesitation.

I’m still not sure how she knows about American Idol, since she’s in bed when it starts.  Probably from her older sisters.

And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt know he can sing, he KNOWS it, and those judges are just stupid.  Stupid!  He should be the next American Idol, and if they can’t see that then that is their problem, ‘cause he’s gonna make it.  American hasn’t seen the last of him . . .

4 thoughts on “American History the Thoroughly Modern Midge Way

  1. Hehe – another Midge story, I just can’t get enough! Something about that young lady just always makes me laugh. I think one of these days you should upload some video of her running her laps or other fun Midge-like activity so I can see if she’s just as hilarious in action as I imagine.


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