Unbelievable Facts. Source: unbelievable-facts.tumblr.com/. Terry Fox was a cancer patient who ran 3, 339 miles across Canada in ‘ days before dying.. They teach us this in 1st grade in Canada. Doesn't everyone know this? Unbelievable Facts Source: unbelievable-facts tumblr com/ Terry Fox was a cancer patient who ran 3 339 miles across Canada in ‘ days before dying They teach us this 1st grade Doesn't everyone know this?
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User avatar #1 - guywithafork
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They teach us this in 1st grade in Canada. Doesn't everyone know this?
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#17 to #11 - swagloon
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Excellent place to put some red thumbs.
Excellent place to put some red thumbs.
User avatar #18 to #1 - fyaq
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Do you learn about Lewis and Clark or about the Pinta Nina and Santa Maria?
User avatar #32 to #18 - theviusking
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Canadians learn about both Canada and USA, we also learn about the Europeans and etc around the world. Im gonna guess the Americans learn about every president, every thing America did and they know like 3 facts about everywhere else.
User avatar #304 to #32 - brendantheferret
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Nah
#21 to #18 - viniboy
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About the Pinta, Nina, and the Santa Maria: Columbus discovered the New world, or the Americas. People say he discovered America, but they mean he discovered the Americas. Columbus never set foot on what is now the US. I know everyone in the Americas learned about his voyage at an early age, as well as Spain and Italy, not sure about the rest of the world, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.
User avatar #20 to #18 - guywithafork
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3 out of 4 yes.
User avatar #42 to #1 - itsthetie
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never heard about the guy in Denmark, he seems like he was a badass though
#230 to #1 - rdobet
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No, I learned about Columbus in slightly increasing detail every year for 9 years straight though.
User avatar #243 to #1 - enteroreninenine
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Not everyone is Canadian
#302 to #1 - anon id: 1f3e48fd
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i thought everyone already knew this but if not, this needs to be taught at everywhere.
#372 to #1 - anon id: bddfba0c
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Oh, I'm so sorry. We were too busy visiting death camps and learning about Hitler or Stalin here in Poland.
User avatar #154 to #1 - xolotyl **User deleted account**
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No one in the U.S. learns this or really anything about Canada in school
#232 to #154 - rdobet
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Honestly before I went on the internet more, I knew almost nothing of canada
List of everything I knew.
1.) Divided in providences
2.) Has Capitals
3.) Has Hockey
4.) They speak French somewhere
5.) Acadians
6.) How to pronounce Newfoundland
User avatar #295 to #232 - Crimsonfox
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Its pronounced "****** Newfie Bastards"

- Me, a Nova Scotian (the province next to that one)

And while the canadian kindness stereotype can be true, this is for the most part how most maritimers speak.
#163 to #1 - platinuminfernape
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Uncultured American swine   
 sarcasm
Uncultured American swine
sarcasm
User avatar #205 to #1 - kan
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Yeah, and we had a Terry Fox Run fundraiser every year in elementary school, before which we would watch the same documentary about Terry Fox and listen to The Proclaimer's "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)".
User avatar #226 to #205 - guywithafork
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Oh god that song so many times.
#5 to #1 - tristmilt
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That's because he was Canadian.
User avatar #6 to #5 - guywithafork
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We also learned about other idols in different countries. It seemed everyone knew about him. I guess that's just Canada.
#8 to #6 - feragon
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I went to school in Portugal and we had Terry Fox day every year, where we would fund-raise for cancer research. There was also a Terry Fox marathon held in Lisbon every year.

I did however attend an international school, so I doubt most people would have heard of him.
#45 to #8 - guicosta
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You're joking right? Please tell me you're joking, I've never heard of such events taking place and I've lived here for 21years.
You're joking right? Please tell me you're joking, I've never heard of such events taking place and I've lived here for 21years.
#185 to #45 - feragon
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É no Parque das Nações normalmente algures em Abril ou Maio, se procurares no google deve aparecer. Mas se andaste na escola pública ou num colégio português é pouco provável que tenhas tido conhecimento disto, eu andei num colégio internacional por isso sabia da existência do Terry Fox e da corrida devido à comunidade Canadiana presente no colégio e ao facto de que os embaixadores do Canada iam lá falar sobre isto quase todos os anos.
#354 to #185 - foreveragunner
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Ninguem liga, tuga.
#395 to #185 - guicosta
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Andei numa escola católica privada em Cascais, mas foi assim um andar um bocado mais nas nuvens do que na escola, por isso não sei se eles lá festejam isso ou não. Mas tambem não sinto que perdi muito, o Terry foi um gajo com muita vontade para começar e acabar um feito destes, mas não foi uma coisa que mudou o mundo.
Andei numa escola católica privada em Cascais, mas foi assim um andar um bocado mais nas nuvens do que na escola, por isso não sei se eles lá festejam isso ou não. Mas tambem não sinto que perdi muito, o Terry foi um gajo com muita vontade para começar e acabar um feito destes, mas não foi uma coisa que mudou o mundo.
#396 to #395 - feragon
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Andaste nas salesianas?

Eu sou de Cascais

Mas sim estou de acordo, no fundo é um ícone da batalha contra o cancro e uma pessoa que mostra que o poder do querer é imenso. Mas como dizes, não mudou o mundo.
User avatar #397 to #396 - guicosta
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Colégio Amor de Deus. Se tu tiveste numa internacional e és de Cascais deves ter andado na Saint Julians, certo? Não conheço mais nenhuma aqui perto...
#398 to #397 - feragon
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Andei no St.Dominic's que é em São Domingos de Rana, e depois mudei me para um que abriu à pouco tempo chamado Oeiras International School (que apesar de ser em "Oeiras" é em Barcarena/Caxias). Mas agora estudo no Reino Unido.

Nem sei porque é que não me lembrei do CAD haha
User avatar #399 to #398 - guicosta
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Ninguem se lembra do CAD, só os meninos da quinta da marinha é que se lembram (são basicamente 90% dos que lá andam). Tenho uns amigos a estudar no UK tambem, foram paì tirar cursos haver com produção de video, eles curtem disso, provavelmente ai ficam (como qualquer jovem em Portugal, já é raro o que planeia cá ficar). Curtes disso aì? Queres voltar?
#400 to #399 - feragon
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Eu por agora quero arranjar um trabalho que me deixe andar pelo mundo a viajar, eu estudo Economia por isso sou capaz de ir para um sector na industria banqueira, contudo ainda estou a considerar a carreira diplomática, mas sei que no Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros é fodido sacar promoções se não tiveres afiliações políticas, por isso não sei se tenho paciência para aturar com burocracias e merdas de favoritismos.

Curto imenso de estar aqui, e como sempre andei num colégio internacional não tive problemas em adaptar-me nem nada. Mas Cascais é Cascais, e Portugal é um país super bacano. Apesar das merdas todas que se vivem agora, temos imensa sorte de termos o país que temos não só pelo clima mas a maneira de sermos e a qualidade de vida que levamos são de invejar para muitos.

Mas como disse, por enquanto quero é andar por aí a saltar de país em país e ver o mundo, não como turista, mas sim a trabalhar. Se puder trabalhar uns tempos em Portugal sou capaz de aceitar, mas não quero estar preso em ado nenhum. Contudo quando chegar a altura da reforma, tenho quase a certeza que volto; mas por enquanto tenho de acabar o curso haha.





User avatar #401 to #400 - guicosta
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Os meus objectivos são basicamento iguais, tambem quero acabar o curso e depois passear como trabalhador, para mais tarde reformar aqui em Tugalia. Curtia ver Asia, Oceania e norte da Europa, ficar num pais até aprender a lingua e depois mudar para outro. Ilhas tem mesmo que ser, não quero ficar preso a nada até ter vivido no Hawaii, Indonesia, Nova Zelandia, etc...
Tou a ver é que um dia somos mais tugas lá fora do que cá dentro, e todos com cursos e desejos de ver o mundo. Descobridores não nos sai do sangue, vamos governar isto tudo outra vez.
#402 to #401 - feragon
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É isso mesmo haha

User avatar #330 to #6 - trivdiego
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I watched a documentary on him in school (US) like 3 months ago. Hardly a widely known thing though
User avatar #293 to #6 - wallbuilder
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Do you know about... Ned Kelly?
#158 to #6 - anon id: 2b412c7f
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The US replaces teaching about other cultures with teaching the wrong version of US history 3 times so that college teachers have stuff to correct
#364 to #158 - anon id: 95c0f382
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and then 90% of colleges still manage to get it wrong, and those people who read books outside of class just be sitting there like.. well, heres why you're incorrect regarding this lesson professor, and here lie my sources, but of course, how silly of me, you are the one teaching, right of course.
#275 to #158 - anon id: 83da7258
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this. ******* this.
#29 to #6 - applescryatnight
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never learned about him in america. might just be my school.
#71 - gorillaztwentyfour
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In the comments below you'll only find Canadians wondering why this content implies that nobody else on earth knows who Terry is.
User avatar #373 to #71 - capinsquiggles
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I apologize for the stupidity of my fellow Canadians when they assume that everyone in the world knows something that happens in their own country.
User avatar #14 - ultimatebadass
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I'm canadian so it didn't even occur to me that people didn't know who he was. We had terry fox runs in school and everything
User avatar #307 to #14 - theodordronen
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That's not so bad. I'm from Norway and I'd be surprised if you knew a single Norwegian...

I did however know Terry Fox due to attending international school in Belgium 2 years
User avatar #332 to #307 - hipickausername
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Mark zuccarello is the only norwegian i know
User avatar #393 to #332 - theodordronen
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Ooh, I'll take it
User avatar #25 - hasanaat
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We have a ******* day reserved for him... everybody in Canada knows who he is.
#129 to #25 - ihateemo
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American here, never heard a single reference to the man,
User avatar #115 to #25 - fjaggot
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but Canada ain't everybody. I as a europan citizen am hearing this for the first time
#112 - hangingtree
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I'm Canadian and we learned this **** in like grade one.   
We also learned a ton of stuff about American culture.   
   
Do you guys seriously not know something as basic as this about Canada?
I'm Canadian and we learned this **** in like grade one.
We also learned a ton of stuff about American culture.

Do you guys seriously not know something as basic as this about Canada?
#227 to #112 - baitdoesnttalkback
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lol nobody cares. you learn about us we dont learn about you. that makes us superior
#319 to #227 - thefifthdoctor
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#116 to #112 - DekuNut
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I used to live in his home city, bless Terry.   
   
Yeah it astounds me how much we know about other countries and no one knows much about Canada. Try learning about the Canadian railroad. that was interesting.
I used to live in his home city, bless Terry.

Yeah it astounds me how much we know about other countries and no one knows much about Canada. Try learning about the Canadian railroad. that was interesting.
User avatar #211 to #112 - asimplepotato
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Why should everyone know about some one-legged guy with cancer who ran? Out of everything that is going on, that has happened and that could happend, then this is some of the least important thing to learn about.

I can understand that you hear about it if you're Canadian, but as for other countries, I dont see this beeing a big deal. Ye, sure what he did was amazing, but there are other amazing people aswell, people who save lives every single day, shouldn't we hear about those?
User avatar #214 to #211 - hangingtree
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They forgot to mention in the post that he collected money as well as ran.
He collected $200,000, which is a lot in 1980's.
He donated it to Cancer research.

Don't think of him as a hero.
Think of his as the kickstarter for cancer research.
User avatar #220 to #214 - asimplepotato
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Ye, i assumed so, but there are still more amazing people out there, people who donate more money, who saves more lives, who run further. And what about the scientists?

Those who devote their lives to trying to find ways to find cures, and those who actually find cures.

I'm not saying that what he did wasn't something, I'm saying that the way some people here talk about him :
"Do you guys seriously not know something as basic as this about Canada?" or "They teach us this in 1st grade in Canada. Doesn't everyone know this?" or
"do people actually not know who terry fox is? "

You would think he did a bit more then "just" that.
User avatar #123 to #112 - darthblam
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I live in Texas.
And I can tell you we haven't learned a damn thing about Canada.

Hell, most of what I know.. or at least THINK I know comes from what people say on the internet.
#125 to #123 - anon id: 051e36ab
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Canadian culture depicts him as a national hero.

User avatar #126 to #112 - armenhart
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are you actually surprised?
User avatar #127 to #126 - hangingtree
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I am.
And it's sad.
We learn **** about America all the time.
And we learn stuff about Europe.
So why doesn't America learn about the rest of the world?
We're they're ******* neighbors and they don't know something this simple.
User avatar #162 to #127 - meganinja
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Something like this isn't that important.
User avatar #165 to #162 - hangingtree
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It's pretty important, not just for Canada, but for cancer research as a whole.
User avatar #177 to #165 - meganinja
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I mean I can't see why it would be taught outside of Canada. Not to be offensive but Canada isn't exactly the most relevant country, if the same thing happened in America and I was Canadian I would expect to know about it. Simply because America is very powerful, and hosts many news stations. Not trying to sound like a douche, or say that America is better than Canada or anything like that, but more people seem to care about what happens in America.
User avatar #180 to #177 - hangingtree
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I'm just saying, things like Canada, America aside.
This is just something, that has to do with all of us. Cancer, and human perseverance.
Why wouldn't people learn about this?
User avatar #184 to #180 - meganinja
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It doesn't really have to do with research or anything practical, it's just a neat story. I saw it and thought "that's pretty cool", but it's not life changing or anything.
User avatar #189 to #184 - hangingtree
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They forgot to mention in the post that he collected money as well as ran.
He collected $200,000, which is a lot in 1980's.
User avatar #190 to #189 - meganinja
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Still interesting. Still an awe inspiring thing for a human being to do. Still not life changing though. It's more like a trivia fact, combined with the fact that American schools typically don't teach much about what happened with recent history. 1970's to the present normally gets taught in a day or two at the very end of the year.
User avatar #134 to #127 - thetom
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was this kid that famous? holy ****. If this was in the us most people wouldn't know about him. its amazing but its something where he wouldn't be super well known, like the city/state he lived in would know, their kids would know. they'd see the statue and parents would explain. it might make it into the paper across the country but It just doesn't seem like a big enough event for it to be known to the world. It is pretty amazing though.
User avatar #136 to #134 - hangingtree
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It's just about Canada dude.
He was a huge part of cancer research.
Even if they didn't mention he's from Canada, if you learned anything about cancer you should know him.
User avatar #167 to #127 - xolotyl **User deleted account**
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You learn about America because we actually do things. Not everything we do is good but it seems like Canada doesn't really even interact with anyone else in the world
User avatar #175 to #167 - hangingtree
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Then you don't know much about Canada.
We do a surprising amount of stuff I didn't even know about.
User avatar #188 to #167 - mizzycupcakes
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Something tells me you don't believe not only Canada but the rest of the world do not do anything of importance. Canada Doesn't interact with anyone else in the world? That's all we ******* do! Were buds with everyone. Unless America declares war on them.
User avatar #192 to #188 - xolotyl **User deleted account**
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No, I know a lot about different countries and things they did throughout history and what they're doing now. It seems like most of Europe and Asia are doing a lot more meaningful things than Canada is.
User avatar #222 to #192 - mizzycupcakes
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I'm sorry but you just gave one of the most vague answers I have ever heard. You should just do more research on more "countries and things" considering throughout history Canada has had some MAJOR contributions to science and healthcare all the way from insulin to the canadarm (Canadian Arm). As for military operations you can look at our history from a few for example the war of 1812 as a colony, both of the great wars WWI, WWII both of which we were committed to long before the Americans. We have been involved in many modern military operations as well. I could enlighten you more if you gave me a more specific answer as to what would make my country more meaningful to you my american friend.
#348 to #222 - anon id: 802920e3
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>Involved in modern wars
>couple hundred troops that sit in the FOB all day

Dude, shut up.
User avatar #366 to #348 - mizzycupcakes
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LOL says the guy who doesn't log in. Also if your going to quote some one actually quote them... or are you to lazy to just copy and paste "involved in many modern military operations"

Did I say modern wars? Do you have reason to believe that I have disillusion's that Canada is the most powerful, most bad ass maple syrup producing country in the world? No?

Really a couple hundred troops? Really? Send me a reliable source saying that over the past 10 years all we have had deployed is 200 troops who have done nothing.

I'm not sitting here saying Canada is better then America or vice verse... well america does have a larger more advanced military so they are better in that aspect but most of the people in here going "America is most important country in the world no one cares about Canada" like the original comment I responded to can be chalked up to a few things 2 of which, we have different media outlets for one but we also have very different educational systems...

Keep on being ignorant as ****.
User avatar #270 to #222 - bloodstump
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Speaking from personal experience, my history classes covered mostly negative things. Probably 90% of it being wars. The subject matter of every single chapter in my history textbooks in 11th and 12th grade was either about a war, or what happened because of a war. Canada was mentioned a few times, but there was nothing really in-depth. The textbooks acknowledged your existence, but didn't go into any detail about what you have done. Even the good things that America has done weren't mentioned that much. It was just one negative thing after another. War, War, Slavery, War, Europe during WWII, Nuclear weapons, Russia, War. Etc.

Again, it varies from school to school, but those were just some of my experiences. I would have loved to learn more about the positives of a lot of different countries, such as Canada, but this is what they teach us.
User avatar #195 to #112 - onceman
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I live in Canada, moved here just over a year ago from the states and everyone in my school has the worst knowledge of world geography, it's mind boggling. People here wouldn't last a week in the high school I went to in Florida.
User avatar #197 to #195 - feelythefeel
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Where did you move to? Some places are better than others here.
User avatar #201 to #197 - onceman
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Hamilton Ontario, but Floridian education is considered pretty bad out of all the states.
Let me give my points
Here, the teachers are better, the explanations and curriculum call for a better understanding of a certain subject. Basically, if you're a student who pays attention in class, you'll learn more in Florida, if you don't pay too much attention, then you will learn more in Canada because the explanations are more in depth.
Here, for example, what they taught in 10th and 9th grade math, I learned in 7th and 8th grade math in Florida.
#311 to #201 - anon id: 9b168ade
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lol Hamilton is the cesspool of Canada
User avatar #314 to #311 - onceman
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lol yeah the people are scum but it has one of Canada's top universities
User avatar #204 to #201 - feelythefeel
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Well yeah, Canadian education tends to be more liberal. You won't get as many challenge-honed geniuses, but you'll more certainly make it out of high-school with what you need to know.
User avatar #206 to #204 - onceman
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exactly, also here there's not as much unnecessary pressure on students, here there's more second chances, here there's more graduates because of it's more easy-going ways.
User avatar #209 to #206 - feelythefeel
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That's another thing, going to school here won't scar you for life from stress.

*cough*Japan*cough*
#130 to #112 - mayoroftownsville
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Please tell me, when would we have learned this about Canada? In World History class? Ah yes, I remember now, World History, when we learned about Rome, the Renaissance, World War II, and Terry Fox. Or maybe Canadian History, a class that has been taught outside of Canada exactly never?
#131 to #130 - hangingtree
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I'm Canadian in grade 11.   
We have American history as a subject that is covered in World history, available since grade 9.
I'm Canadian in grade 11.
We have American history as a subject that is covered in World history, available since grade 9.
#193 to #131 - specialtea
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Let me start by saying I am myself Canadian living in Canada. Objectively speaking, Canada has had a much smaller impact internationally than America. Taking the effort to teach Canadian history in the US is simply ridiculous.British history should be taught along with many other more influential countries, past and present, before Canadian history is taught.
#137 to #131 - mayoroftownsville
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So you learn about the most powerful, most influential, and richest nation in the world as part of a world history class, and expect that they learn the same amount about your much smaller country? If we did that, we'd have to do the same for every other nation in the world, and we ain't got time for that. That's not to say we learn nothing about Canada. We learn about the wars you've fought against and with us. But if we took the time to learn about every damned historical figure an every other nation's history, we wouldn't have time for anything else.

tl;dr, you learn a lot about us because we are very important. We learn far less about you because you are far less important.
User avatar #172 to #137 - feelythefeel
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>"[America is] the most powerful, most influential, and richest nation in the world"
>as part of an excuse that foreigners should know everything about America but Americans don't need to know about anywhere else
And I though the Canadians here were being narcissistic.
#217 to #172 - specialtea
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You are not arguing the point. You have exaggerated his argument first of all. He did not say anything about everyone else having to know everything about the US nor anything about students in the US not needing to know anything about others. He merely states that the amount of effort put into learning about other countries should in part reflect how much that country has affected the world of today. Romans, Greeks, The British Empire, China, America, Napoleon's France. These are arguably the most influential cultures past and present (let me mention that list is not in any way exclusive). Therefore the most focus should be put on them. Canada being a very small influence on the world we have today has a relatively small slice of the pie of learning. This is not ignorance or discrimination, this is reasonable.

tl;dr? Your argument is unjustified. Want to know why? Please read it.
User avatar #219 to #217 - feelythefeel
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If you'll read my other comments, you may find I've already argued against that.
#174 to #172 - mayoroftownsville
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If you actually read my comment, you'd know that I'm not against learning about other countries. It's just that this Terry Fox doesn't really play into world history in a significant way, and the fact that Canadians learn about the US in school doesn't change that.
User avatar #186 to #174 - feelythefeel
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Canadians only learn about America because the two countries are essentially the same country, or at least the closest and most tightly knit allies on the planet. You think Bosnians have mandatory American history classes? Can you even find Bosnia on a map? You act like "Muh 'Murica" plays a part in the lives of everyone on the planet, when in reality at least half of the world usually only so much as mentions it in passing or even out of ridicule.

Why then, you ask, do Americans not learn about Canada? Thank the education system "Muh free market" brought you.
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"You're education system is bad because you didn't learn about something irrelevant" - feelythefeel
User avatar #344 to #343 - feelythefeel
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"Your education system is bad because you're proud of knowing nothing about the rest of the world"
-What I actually said you twat
User avatar #376 to #344 - clannadqs
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You didn't say anything of the sort. " Thank the education system "Muh free market" brought you" is a direct bash to our education system even though, overall, the US runs circles around Canada's academia.
#187 to #186 - mayoroftownsville
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I can. it's the guitar pick shaped one around Croatia and Serbia and all the other former Yugoslavs. Also, American education is (ironically) state run.
User avatar #191 to #187 - feelythefeel
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The Bosnian thing was a joke. And I'm talking about American free market laissez faire type of policies in general, although I probably could have left it at "American economics/politics" or something.
#194 to #191 - mayoroftownsville
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I'm against laissez-faire economics as well, but I really doubt a socialist system would significantly change the amount of Canadian history Americans study.
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If done right, a higher rate of government re-investment in the people would gradually increase the quality of the educational systems both directly and indirectly, and it's rational to assume that that would lead to greater historical and global understanding.
#198 to #196 - mayoroftownsville
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I think that a lot of things could be done to improve the quality of American education, but not a single one that would lead to teaching about Terry Fox. Personally, I'm a big advocate of flipping the classroom: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching
User avatar #200 to #198 - feelythefeel
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Good luck setting up a flip teaching system for all of the billions of children. Give traditional teaching credit, it's good at dealing with the all too common packed classroom.
#207 to #200 - mayoroftownsville
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Worked in Clintondale High School, which is located in the Detroit metro area (info is on the page I linked). I don't think flip teaching is viable globally because of technological limitations, but it could be implemented in the U.S. or the E.U. (or even Canada). I'd actually say flip teaching deals with the packed classroom issue somewhat better, but I don't have any data to back that up. Nonetheless, hiring more and better teachers is another change I would support, and that would address your objection.
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The thing with that is that Flip Teaching requires that teachers deal with students on a more individual basis, something that's simply not feasible in large classes no matter how expensive your teachers are.
#213 to #212 - mayoroftownsville
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More and better, keyword being more.
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I think youre trying to argue quantity over quality
#254 to #251 - mayoroftownsville
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I think the quality part comes from the flip teaching and the quantity part allows it to be done.
User avatar #216 to #213 - feelythefeel
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What about rooms? you can't have ten teachers per room, it won't make any difference.

Also, >implying countries like the USA either have the money or are willing to deficit spend for this
#218 to #216 - mayoroftownsville
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You could have two or three, though, and because of how flip teaching works, that actually would make a difference. Also, when I said state-run, I didn't mean the nation state, I meant individual states. And several do have the money to spend on this, including my own (although there's a fat chance of that happening with Chris Christie in office (heheh, fat)).
User avatar #223 to #218 - feelythefeel
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I'm not exactly faithful that an individually based education system can deal with especially packed class rooms no matter how many teachers, but I suppose we're at a standstill here.
User avatar #353 to #196 - clannadqs
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Why do you kids keep assuming our educational progam is subpar? Being top twenty in the world isn't a small accomplishment and our secondary education literally runs circles around Canada or any other nation. Overall, the US educational system is the best in the world when you include all levels. People also fail to realize that thousands upon thousands of children and teenagers go to private schools in the US which does not count towards our statistics. I went to a private school and I can quite confidently say that a private school in the US would blow public school education out of the water.
#168 to #137 - mrselfdestruct
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>most powerful country
>balls are firmly grasped in China's tight fist
#171 to #168 - mayoroftownsville
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China couldn't survive without America as her customer. If they pulled any **** over our debt, they would instantly lose trillions of dollars. In a way, the situation is actually worse for them (though it's bad for both).
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well, every empire deteriorates.
#179 to #176 - mayoroftownsville
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But of course. Still, America will always be more influential than Canada just by virtue of geography and climate.
User avatar #182 to #179 - mrselfdestruct
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geography?
canada is larger by size
#183 to #182 - mayoroftownsville
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And most of it is almost completely uninhabitable, whereas most of the US is prime farmland with room for expansion in every city.
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you can't be stupid
#346 to #168 - anon id: 802920e3
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And here we see someone who has next to no knowledge on how the world works and tries to join the "lol, murica sucks" bandwagon.
User avatar #173 to #168 - derksuls
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If you think that ******* smelly ******** is stronger than the US then i will rape you
#152 to #137 - rainyeyes
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**rainyeyes rolled a random image posted in comment #520 at Cringe Compilation Part 13 **

Maybe if you'd stop staring at yourself in the mirror you'd notice there's a country north of you guys.

Also, guess where all the gas you use to drive your car comes from??
#164 to #152 - mayoroftownsville
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We know, and we rather like them. We also outnumber them 10:1, and are much more significant on a global scale than they are.
#138 to #137 - hangingtree
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> the most powerful, most influential, and richest nation in the world
>because we are very important
#141 to #138 - mayoroftownsville
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If you don't think that the US is the most important country in the world today, then you have fundamentally misunderstood why it is a significant part of your history curriculum. It is not because we are neighbors. The UK, China, and Russia also have major US-based portions of their history classes. It is because the US, with all its flaws and shortcomings, is the single most powerful, influential nation in the world today. Whether or not you like what we do has no bearing on that.
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England reporting in.

I've never learned anything about American history in class.

Mainly because you have no ******* history past 400 years ago.
#149 to #146 - derksuls
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And yet we have managed to become the most important and strongest country in the world
User avatar #356 to #146 - clannadqs
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More embarrassing on your part. That's like saying," Hah, even though you are the strongest kid in the gym, you haven't been lifting for ten years like me". I swear all of you are retarded.
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#148 to #146 - mayoroftownsville
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They don't teach about the Cold War in the UK?
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90% of English History classes are WW1 ad WW2, so America is regarded, on the basis that you were involved, but the main studying covers Germany, Russia, France and England.

I think we covered the Wall Street Crash for a week or two, now I think back, but that was only because it influenced the world wars.
#159 to #156 - mayoroftownsville
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I suppose it would be a bit painful to study the Cold War from a UK perspective, considering how awful things were after Hitler ****** you guys.
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>Implying the German Army even ever set foot in England
>Implying England ever had anything to do with you and Russia having a "My cock is bigger than yours" fight

Nah, I'm out, you're retarded.
#170 to #166 - mayoroftownsville
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Replying to make sure you don't think I think the Battle of Britain occurred on land. It did **** you guys quite a bit, though.
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Oh lawdy.

We ******* annihilated Germany the battle of Britain you nobsock.

Sorry, I am out this time, but that rubbed me the wrong way.
#181 to #178 - mayoroftownsville
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You won, sure, but at a great cost. I'm surprised you don't know about the economic ******** you guys were in for about 30 years after the War, but I guess that's the knowledge you lose when you spend 90% of your time on the World Wars.
#358 to #178 - clannadqs
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>Britain annihilating anyone past 1900
#169 to #166 - mayoroftownsville
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Sorry, I guess the Battle of Britain was imaginary. Whoops. Also, you may want to read theis: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom%E2%80%93United_States_relations#Cold_War
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You HAVE to see the irony in that comment.
#155 to #150 - mayoroftownsville
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Not really. The two major powers at conflict in the Cold War were the US and the USSR. Everyone else was either sidelined (UK, France) or following one of the big boys (Canada, Cuba, etc.) In order to learn about the Cold War in a substantial way, you need to learn a significant amount of American history.
User avatar #284 to #137 - tony
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you like rush?
they came from here.
canada is an infulential country, i dont really understand where your going with this? yaeh we didn't bomb japan, so i guess we arent.
#286 to #284 - mayoroftownsville
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Whoops, I forgot about the part of World History where we learned about Rush. I guess you've got me there, Canada really is just as influential as the US.
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>I'm Canadian
You should have immediately stopped there.
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#4 to #2 - tristmilt
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even the simplest of google searches and 5 minutes out of your life would have prevented you from making that retarded comment.
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I'm sorry, what I meant was, He started running before he learned he had lung cancer. Which is also when he stopped.
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But either way, it's still rather believable.
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...What? He ran because he had cancer. He started his journey by dipping his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean.
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what was the comment?
#52 to #3 - hurzg
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Damn, I hope I never get cancer.
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My shop teacher told us a joke last year:

What goes clickety clack then dies?

Terry Fox.

My shop teacher's a douche.
#108 to #49 - ugoboom
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Offensive humor is best humor
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It's so weird that this isn't common knowledge everywhere else

I literally live right next to my city's Terry Fox trail
User avatar #27 - christheace
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do people actually not know who terry fox is?
User avatar #157 to #27 - meganinja
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Not everybody is Canadian.
User avatar #231 to #27 - zaggystirdust
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you do realize the world doesn't revolve around Canada right?
User avatar #349 to #231 - christheace
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I just thought cause he had such a compelling story, all the way through his life most people (at least in the western world) would atleast have heard of him before
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I didn't until this post
#122 - verycoolcat
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Then its not a race for hope... its a death march.
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It is a race for Hope. While he was running across, he raised millions of dollars. And now with the foundation still going, it's raised over 500 million canadian dollars. It could have raised more into 10 digits but I was to lazy to check.