Former Ambassador William Stoltzfus Jr. served many years in the Middle East, but it took him two tries to pass the Foreign Service Officer test. This is according to an article written by Jean Stratton for Princeton's weekly community newsletter, Town Topics. Ambassador Stolzfus was quoted as saying, "I was turned down because they felt I didn't know enough about the U.S.!"
That statement makes sense when you consider that Ambassador Stolzfus, a child to Presbyterian missionaries, William and Ethel Stolfzfus, spent his childhood in Syria and Lebanon until he was 15 years old.
" I was turned down because they felt
Families within the Foreign Service are expected to work and live overseas. Their children get to experience some pretty amazing things throughout their overseas childhood, but it's a trade off. American history is often not a course that is available in the host country, but it's an important subject that needs to be taught to American kids.
Online supplemental American history courses, such as the ones offered at U.S. History Abroad, make it easy for parents to provide the American history education that kids are receiving in American schools.