As a former History Instructor I was absolutely stunned by the widespread chronological ignorance displayed by many of my students. I was told by most of my students that they rarely learned about historical dates and time periods in their earlier years; they learned about The American Revolution, though the year 1776, was a mystery to them. And their chronological inaptitude went well beyond American History. For many of my students they were unable to understand the centuries old timeline of AD & BC...(or what is now commonly referred to as CE & BCE). Most of my students were (initially) unable to distinguish 100 BC/BCE and 100 AD/CE....(for many of them, it may as well have been the same year, not realizing that there was a 200 year chronological difference!)
In the era of Political Correctness and "Wokeness", the field of History is becoming increasingly preoccupied with the enforcement of Radical Social Commentary and Righteously Activist curricula, rather than a discipline which teaches students to think and understand History as a temporal, chronological, epistemological and factual process. While History Teachers and Historians are certainly not morally passionless robots, at the same time, they should not be Agenda driven Moral Proselytizers. The field of History, was the original, "just the facts" academic discipline whereby chronology, as well as a general familiarity with the evolution of historical time, were paramount.
Having said all this, should History Educators begin their own movement to reemphasize chronological aptitude?