Hey, Diogenes, this one is for you. Based on the following poll, you and your fellow history teachers have some work to do because over 1/4 of Americans have no idea what country ruled us before we gained our independence.
Read from Marist Poll:
7/2: Don’t Know Much About History?
"There’s good news for American education. About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not. This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation. That begs the question, 'From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?' Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.
Table: Country from Which U.S. Declared Independence"