After a while I was just like who settled whatever blah, blah, blah.
In school we stressed dates of independence and landmark events took place to reach those dates. We did not spend a lot of time with each state. At first it was important with John Smith and Co., but after that it was now we have 13 colonies.
The next question you have to ask is could they pass our tests now? Kids coming out of high school often have many college credit hours. It is more fast pace and the stress is technology. So you ask them questions about telecommunication, computers, and rightfully so they wouldn't have a clue.