The post's author, Kevin Levin, then uses the "polling data" (not collected by Kevin's efforts), along with other anecdotal evidence to conclude:
Instead of an unreliable Wiki poll and anecdotal observations, let's take a look at some recent (2011) scientific polling from the Pew Research center on the same topic:
But more importantly, as to Kevin's straight-faced fantasy (specifically regarding younger Americans), that "The war over memory is finished and from a certain perspective we should be able to say with a straight face: "What a relief.", one should consider this data from the Pew research:
The above should be quite enlightening to Kevin, given the fact he stated: "Despite our tendency to complain about the historical knowledge of young people I suspect that they are no more knowledgeable than previous generations."
And this "certain perspective" to which Kevin refers should be interpreted as any perspective which conflicts with the narrower-and rather shallow-single cause interpretation of the WBTS, as well as what often comes off as a "North good, South bad" morality play or, in a description used by historian Bob Krick, "anti-Confederate."
Many from Kevin's perspective extrapolate that any deviance from their view equates to the sweeping generalization (and automatic discrediting) and labeling as a "Lost Causer." In other words, if you reject single causation (or even question slavery's emphasis) of the Civil War, or if you revere Confederate figures, or respect the Confederate Battle flag for the honor it represented to Confederate soldiers/ancestors, then you are considered a pariah and should be dismissed out of hand. As Dr. Clyde Wilson has pointed out:
. . . according to the wisdom of current "scholars," no credit is to be given to anything that Southerners might say about their own reasons and motives. They are all merely repeating "Lost Cause myths" to cover up their evil deeds.But this is what an "activist historian" (words Kevin has used to describe himself) does. As another educator to Levin's post noted: "I’m glad that it is fading away, but we have to do our part in making it fade away." Indeed. I thought educators simply presented facts to their students objectively, taught critical thinking, and let students make up their own mind. Silly me.
Such doing their part dovetails perfectly with a recent National Association of Scholars study which concluded that educators, "increasingly think of themselves as responsible for reforming American society . . ."
While I readily acknowledge that perspectives can change with generations and time, I would suggest that the reality regarding this issue over "memory" is that these educators have a lot more "making it fade away" work to do before they can finally relax and joyously proclaim, "What a relief."
Here's the link to the Pew Research on the topic.
I do recommend you read the post at CWM, along with the ensuing comments. Quite instructive.