I’ve been reading a lot of things about Canadian culture vs. American culture in school. So:
There has been some anger… I guess you could call it that — about the number of Americans in Canadian school systems (outnumbering Canadians) as well as Canadians being taught American history in school, instead of our own.
I wouldn’t agree that Canadians having a lack of knowledge, or a lack of patriotism in Canada is exactly new information to most Canadian citizens. Is any Canadian surprised here, that we don’t remember any Canadian history from school? Really? I’m not.
We are all well aware that our knowledge of Canada is abysmal. And I agree that young Canadians should be taught Canadian history, and not American history in school, but I also believe that today, in the 21st century, it is a very dangerous thing to lack information on the United States as a country unto itself as well as its stance in world politics at the moment.
To be honest, while I don’t agree with much of what the United States is doing, I am also very anxious about Canada’s aggressive, uninformed, shooting-their-mouths-off willingness to shoot down Americans as a whole, regardless of American individuals stances on current events. (Or past ones).
The vehement stance of Canadians against American citizens as a whole is very prevalent. I would say that on average of the Canadians that I talk to, 95% of them have something bad to say about Americans. And 90% of the time, they are generalized, uneducated options.
This runs across all age-groups and boarders on something like racism. Not to the same extremes - but there is a hatred of many Canadians towards Americans - and it is very willingly, and very loudly expressed.
Almost any Canadian you talk to has something bad to say about Americans, and often, they are grossly misinformed, nor do they know any Americans personally.That’s the fucking kicker for me. Where are they getting their information from? Fox news? The latest Hollywood comedy? Probably. They have simply heard that Americans are overweight, over-privileged, ignorant jerks who uniformly wish for the destruction of all other countries and the rise of their own, and these Canadians run with that “information”. They are also very reluctant to hear what I might have to say about Americans being some of the most self-driven, hard-working, and well educated people I have ever met.
So while I do agree that it is unfortunate that we, as Canadian citizens do not know enough about our own history, or even our own current culture, we should perhaps be focusing more on not parading that ignorance for the world to see and educating ourselves; before we start criticizing the Americans in our school systems, and the Americans themselves.