Insular America: The perils of not knowing Queen Elizabeth


The insularity of American culture is very evident in the way children are taught at school. Recently, I pointed out Queen Elizabeth’s visit to India to my daughter and her first response was : “Who is she?” The next: “She’s old.”

I did not want to teach her Queen Elizabeth’s legacy and the adoration of millions towards her nor did I want to instill in her a crash course in British history.  But the response “She is old,” reflects a great deal on the insular culture that politicians and mainstream society have instilled in American children. Unless they know the world, five years from now it will be difficult to compete in a truly international landscape.

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