American Teens lack of general knowledge

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    I am in the States celebrating the holiday season with family and yesterday I was asked to host a fun "test your general knowledge" quiz competition amongst competing high schools in my home town. After attending this event I am seriously depressed about our future..

    To begin with the questions were none too hard (in keeping with the fun theme of the evening). Catagories included sports, international current events, trivia, entertainment, People in the news etc. No prizes for guessing which category was the easiest for these brain-dead zombies.

    Everyone seemed to know everything about movies, celebrities, Paris Hilton and even the name of the father of Jamie Lynn Spears' baby. When it came to international current events they could not name 3 countries in Europe (the one group that came close lost out because they could not agree amongst themselves if Germany is in Europ or ASIA!) , what APEC stood for or who the Secretary-General of the U.N was. The icing on the cake was when no one was able to name 15 states in 1 min and could not for the life of them identify Elizabeth II from a recent picture of her (and I would think that she is one of the most instantly recongnized faces in the world today)

    If this is to be america's "future" I think we are in some serious trouble.
     
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    As long as we have faith in God and go to church, keep up the battle against terror in countries like eh Canada and Iraq and and such..and have enough handguns to defend our backyard ....hunt down everything that looks alien, its OK, Don't worry be happy
     
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    I personally believe the U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh...people out there in our nation don't have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and...I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., err, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our...:wink:

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    i think you will find teens in general are suffering from information overload and hence why they cant remember - the brain shuts down when overloaded with useless info pumped out by the media..........take their mobile phones off them and give them a book to read instead and it will cure it.
     
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    I laughed =D

    Or atleast, I hope I did. D=
     
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    The education system in the US is failing our children, not necessarily by grades, but by lack of funds, books, and good teachers. I'll give you an example... my youngest daughter has been having problems with math. She is in the 10 grade. Recently, the discussion came up about dimensions (this is the site for that, but unrelated). The topic was about placing holiday decorations around a pole. I told my children at the table that it was an easy solution to find the circumference if you knew the diameter. All but the 10th grader knew the answer. When I asked her why she didn't know it, she of course blamed the teacher. She then told me that she was having problems with the math teacher. She claims that he has failed her on two exams, a 28 and a 38!! Yet her report card came home with a passing grade of 67! Something is wrong with this new math. My wife and I approached the subject with the teacher on a teacher-parent night and he said that he splits the class into two sections. One section is for the children who are willing to learn and the other is for those who choose not to learn. (There is a choice?) Everyone has to take the exams and submit homework. Guess which side my daughter sits on? How did she still get a passing grade? Willingness in class!!! I asked the teacher, who had tenure, that where did he get his teacher degree because the last time I was in school, willingness was not graded!! We got into this heated discussion about the lack of good teachers in the school system and my wife dragged me out before the school security arrived. I sent my daughter to a local tutoring center and they graded her math skills at a 6th grade level. But each year, she passed math. It is indeed a sad state.
     
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    This is a shining example of our edumacation system
     
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    One of the main reasons why America’s youth are failing is because parents have relegated the education of their children totally to the schools. Why aren't such relative topics talked about at the dinner table any more? Simply because there is no dinner table in America any more. I was startled when my high school daughter reported that the teacher asked her class how many of the kids in the class have dinner together as a family. Only her and one other student raised her hand. The problem is more basic then just an under funded school system.
     
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    Indeed, indeed ... one doesn't know whether to laugh or cry. The latter might be more appropriate. Rightly or wrongly, we in Europe view the US as incredibly 'shut-in' by their borders, buffered from the rest of the world by two great oceans, and - in general - appallingly ignorant of what goes on in it, or - for that matter - where it is!

    But having said that, are the youth of the UK much better equipped? I would very much doubt it; and for reasons (amongst others) similar to those already posted above.
     
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    yeah for every kid out there that don't know shit theres a smart one that know all the states and capitals at the age of 10, plays the piano like a pro, or loves the queen for what reason in hell who knows. Why her pic would be shown to american kids is a wonder. Puts a bit of doubt in the entire story that someone from the middle east who is visiting would be asked to host this event . Sounds like someone saw there first episode of 5th grader.

    we were made in gods image not given equal brain power, whats that joke about trains and brains.
     
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    If it helps, I'm still eighteen and I didn't even know J.L. Spears was pregnant. :wink:

    Rob <3
     
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    lol your cute as a button, what ever that means.
     
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    It isn't just the young people here in the U.S. The whole country is going to hell, and is on the verge of collapse. Greed has run the once great nation into the ground, and I don't think saving it possible at this point. It's gone to far.
    I am considering a move to a different part of the world...
     
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    OOO, OOO!! Come to Canada!! It's nice here.

    Rob <3
     
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    No child left behind meets Outcome-based education. Either the schools make the grades or they lose funding dollars. This presses school administrations to press teachers to pass students who would otherwise fail. Too many kids fail then dollars dry up so start you better start passing them no matter what their performance is.

    The sad part is the schools in this part of the country (upstate New york) are generally excellent compared to most other states save for the west coast and New England. You want to see horrible education systems then head south.

    For those of you outside the US, here's a brief synopsis of how American primary and secondary education works. Schools are segregated into districts and managed by a locally-elected board of education which oversees the entire district. Money for the schools comes from property tax dollars along with some state and federal aid. Parents may want their kids to have a good education but they hate large tax bills even more. Here where CJR and I live the property taxes are outrageous. Soaring house prices have caused tax assessments (determined from the value of the property) to jump as a large influx of people have put population pressures on the school systems and housing prices. This year we will pay $3,200 in just property taxes alone on a 3-acre parcel with a 1970s 3-bedroom house of about 2,200 square feet. This does not include state or federal income taxes or sales taxes. This house has no children in the school system but we still pay for it. My mom has a larger house with more land and she will pay over $12,000 in annual school taxes this year.

    States have education departments which determine the guidelines of what will or will not be taught in schools and it's up to the school boards to ensure those guidelines are met. Bush passed the No Child Left Behind act which supposedly makes school systems competitive but in rural areas (most of the US) by grading school system performance based on standardized federal testing. It's a joke because there is no choice as to where to send your kids unless you're prepared to provide transportation and just try to get your underperforming kid into the school system of your choice. It's next to impossible. Teachers hate it too because they claim now they have to devote their curriculum to teaching for the federal tests. They're not teaching to learn, but helping kids cram to pass these tests.

    There is a federal Department of Education but it's largely seen as a joke. Short of administering these tests, the Dept. of Ed. doesn't do much of anything. There are just too many schools in too many places and too few Dept. of Ed. people to oversee the whole thing. Too, local municipalities don't like the idea of the feds coming in and telling them what to do.

    Schools are also getting ridiculous about rules and safety. The spate of school shootings and lawsuits have many schools living with a siege mentality. Students are not allowed to bring peanut butter on campus. They cannot bring table knives, are not permitted to touch each other, are arrested by cops, even elementary school children, for violating these rules. Asthmatic students must leave their inhalers at the nurse's office (if they even have a nurse which most don't), and everything students write or even doodle is inspected for possible signs of violence. Ever hear of a kid getting arrested for drawing a gun? I mean drawing, on paper with a pencil? It happens here.

    The United States has the single worst public education system in the western world and its effects are reflected in our media which now panders exclusively to the lowest common denominator of person having grown-up with it. That's why they know all about the Spears sisters and nothing about geography. Parents are pressured. Both work, usually commuting, working hard to earn enough money to keep ahead and so don't have time for personally taking care of their kids. You want to be home at 3pm to greet your kids then you're going to earn less and probably can't afford the nicer house in the better school district. No child care provider is going to put the time or effort that you would into your kid either. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. The dollar is dropping, prices are rising, earnings are outpaced by inflation. You must make do with less. Your kids are going to suffer for it because parents just don't have the time to spend with them.


    It's not him. It's some minor celebrity.

    404 on that link there SLB.
     
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    Having traveled all over the world and interacted with young people in most of these places, I know for a fact this isn't just America's problem.

    Also, any European here who wants to sign up for a facebook account is welcome to have their ass whooped by yours truly on a geography challenge...
     
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    When I was a teenager (well, it probably started when I was about 12), my mother and I used to sit down and watch the news every night. Nothing major, just 30 mins of current events... but I think that made a huge differnece in my "general knowledge". I know that if I went to school the next day and tried to talk to classmates about something I had seen on the news, most of them didn't have a clue as to what I was talking about.
     
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