"Teachers: Social studies lose out" [News, Oct. 31] describes the reduction in time spent in schools on social studies, including history. I'm a 92-year-old veteran of World War II, and I've spoken with young people who confessed they were not sure who fought whom in this war.

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That is not only appalling, but downright dangerous. In recent years, such ignorance even at the highest levels of government has gotten us into one mess after another. As a practical matter, history might not be as important as math, but some basic knowledge of where we are and how we got here is vitally important for all citizens.

Stanley M. Blumberg, Port Jefferson