American College Students Know Little of World Events

A bioengineering student leads prospective college-bound high school seniors on a campus tour in Los Angeles. Fewer California high school students have been offered admission to University of California campuses for the fall, officials reported
Young people in the United States do not have a strong understanding of the world and their place in it.By an online survey earlier this year, the results were not very good.
The average test score, out of 75 total possible answers, was 55 percent.The study identifies a few important questions that American students did not know about their own country.
Part of the problem, say the organizers of the survey, is the Internet. They say it is becoming harder to get good information about what is happening in the world today.People never have to see anything that differs from their understanding of the world; many get their news from a newsfeed.
Another problem is that classes do not require students to learn about international issues. "The problem is schools do not require that students take these courses to graduate.
The survey results were not all bad. The young people who were questioned demonstrated a good understanding of climate change and renewable energy.
Even if the young people failed to understand many of the questions, the majority of them said that international issues were becoming more important to them.


Words in This Story
survey n. an activity in which many people are asked a question or a series of questions in order to gather information about what most people do or think about something
commission v. to order or request (something) to be made or done
newsfeed n. An electronic transmission of news, as from a broadcaster or an Internet newsgroup
online adj. connected to a computer or the internet