The shocking list was the famous Virginians. The kids studied Virginia history in fourth grade so I figured it would be something they could all contribute to. They did.
I had to step in and delete Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Helen Keller from the list. Lincoln and Grant were at least studied in fourth grade, I have no idea where Helen Keller came from. Otherwise their list was fine (notice, I don't use a more glowing adjective). They included the obvious: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, James Madison, Robert E. Lee. They also had some interesting ones: Patrick Henry, Maggie Lena Walker, Harriet Tubman, John Smith. I added Pocahontas to the list (the only time I added to any list, I felt we needed more female representation).
Their final list:
- Pocahontas (a testament to the number of girls in my class - 13 out of 19)
- Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson (really? why? just for the stonewall nickname? could there be any other reason?)
- Thomas Jefferson (good thing he's here; between their fourth grade teacher and myself we have three degrees from UVA)
- Harriet Tubman (a stretch, not technically a Virginian, but see earlier comment about female representation)
- William Henry Harrison (HONESTLY? WTF? Would you even know he was a Virginian? How did he make the top 5?)