Ken Korczak did a very informal, very unscientific survey, and found out that almost every teen he asked had no idea who Ernest Hemingway is.
On the one hand, that sucks, and the great American writers should be taught and celebrated. But on the other hand, I don't think I ever had Hemingway on a curriculum in high school, and I figured it out. And while I'm super awesome at figuring things out, I think we love to blame things on schools that maybe could be mentioned by parents. Like safe sex. But also Hemingway.