HOT BLAST: Did Alexander Hamilton ever serve as U.S. president?
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Alexander Hamilton
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Everyone makes mistakes, even professionals with post-graduate degrees and decades of experience. Humanity works that way. That said, a mistake by Groupon, which offers online coupons and discounts, is making quite a stir early this week.

Alexander Hamilton -- one of the cornerstone figures of the United States' birth -- never served as president. But that didn't stop Groupon from describing him as "undeniably one of our greatest presidents."

According to Groupon, “The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system."

This isn't meant to unfairly bash Groupon. Instead, it's an example of why educators who call for enhanced study of American history in schools are so adamant. Three years ago, The New York Times reported on American students' overwhelmingly poor grades in history. What the newspaper found was shocking. According to The Times, "American students are less proficient in their nation’s history than in any other subject ... with most fourth graders unable to say why Abraham Lincoln was an important figure and few high school seniors able to identify China as the North Korean ally that fought American troops during the Korean War."

-- Phillip  Tutor
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