Is This Viral Helen Keller TikTok Scary Evidence That Our Kids Aren't Learning History?

Every now and then a viral video comes in that makes us question everything we thought we knew. Whether it's a miraculous scientific breakthrough or a parental sanitary hack that's so obvious it's painful. However, sometimes it does offer parents a glimpse into their children's worlds, and what they find there can be terrifying or terrifying. And sometimes what we see just makes us shake our heads and say “WTF” out loud - like the latest evidence that some children mistake Helen Keller for Adolf Hitler.
Many parents on the internet had this WTF reaction today when they noticed "Helen Keller" was trending and decided to find out why. It turns out that there is a TikTok viral video on Twitter showing some surprising flaws in Gen Z education.
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The video begins with a teacher asking his students about Helen Keller. One student replies: "Helen Keller is like a Nazi." The teacher replies, absolutely excited: "Helen Keller is a Nazi?" The student replied, "I don't know he's like a terrorist."
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So at least a small part of Gen Z think Helen Keller is a Nazi terrorist?
But wait, there's more.
Another student volunteers to offer her knowledge of Helen Keller. “Helen Keller was the blind and deaf person who was wrong. She didn't exist, but everyone believes she was deaf and blind. "
Yup. The student said Helen Keller didn't exist. Apparently there was no Helen Keller, the renowned writer, disability rights advocate, and activist whose existence has been documented in photos and film, and who spent time with presidents and top celebrities of the time. At least what the internet is telling people. And people believe the internet for some reason.
While we hope this particular video was just a good-natured prank for the teacher, TikTok is full of videos of teenagers and young adults discussing Helen Keller's existence. It's a fierce conspiracy theory, probably based on the erasure of disabilities, and frankly just crude.
For more information (for your teenagers) about Helen Keller's incredible life, please visit your local library or even Wikipedia if the library is COVID-closed.
If someone still has energy after fighting for our children to get some kind of education in this pandemic, it may be time to resume the debate on the common core.
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