Least qualified!!

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    It is well-known fact that the youth of a nation is the nation’s future. American sociologists from the National Geographic Society decided to do a research to find what the future of the USA will be. And actually their findings were far from being promising.



    Americans have very few reasons to be proud of themselves

    More than 500 young American adults between the ages of 18 and 24 took part in the survey. They were asked geographical questions about the modern world. At the end of the test they demonstrate a limited understanding of the world beyond their country’s border. In this survey young Americans answered about half (54%) of all the questions correctly.

    The results showed causes for concern. Here are the most evident examples of young Americans’ illiteracy.

    Only 37% of young Americans can find Iraq on a map - though U.S. troops have been there since 2003.

    6 in 10 young Americans don't speak a foreign language fluently.

    20% of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It's the largest country in Africa.)

    48% of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim. (It's Hindu—by a landslide.)

    Half of young Americans can't find New York on a map.

    Three-quarters cannot find Indonesia on a map – even after images of the tsunami and the damage it caused to this region of the world played prominently across television screens and in the pages of print media over many months in 2005.

    The majority of the American young adults overestimate the total size of the US population and fail to understand how much larger the population of China is.

    Three-quarters believe English is the most common spoken native language in the world, rather than Mandarin Chinese.

    Only Two-thirds (67%) can find Louisiana on a US map and half (52%) can find Mississippi – leaving a third or more who cannot find these states, in spite of months of intensive media coverage of the 2005 hurricanes and their aftermath.

    These results suggest that young people in the United States - the most recent graduates of our educational system - are unprepared for an increasingly global future. Far too many lack even the most basic skills for navigating the international economy or understanding the relationships among people and places that provide critical context for world events.

    Source: National Geographic

    Is it any wonder, the best we can come up with to elect for Our president is Barack Obama and John McCain. Year after year we vote for the same people over and over in our congress then complain that nothing is being done as more jobs are shipped overseas and the cost of living rises, and energy cost rise. When we have young people that cannot even answer basic questions about the world in which we live, is it surprising then that each election cycle we turn to the least qualified to be our leaders?
     
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    I'm not so sure the coming generations of America will have such an urgent need to know geography to be successful...
     
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    I'd like to see how this compares with previous generations.
     
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    NEED? Probably not. But shouldn't you have some basic knowledge about the world you live in?

    Hell, at this rate, pretty soon teachers will become obsolete.
     
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    Older generations, huh?

    How many on this board can do this? I can't

    .... but the rest of your survey I could answer yes to your questions/statements. :eusa_angel:
     
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    6 in 10 young American's shouldn't NEED to speak a foreign language fluently. They live in America. In America we speak English.
     
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    :confused::confused::confused::confused:

    A lot of people in America speak languages other than English and this WORLD we live in has hundreds of languages. Knowing a foreign language is a LOT more important and helpful than being able to point to Iraq on a map.
     
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    It does point to a glaring hole in the educational standards in our country. With the competition getting even more intense in the world for energy, technology, food , and every sector you can imagine. In order for the United States to stay competitive and not only pass along a nation that willl provide the opportunities for those that come after us, it is incumbant that we provide the absolute best in education we can to young people. This lack of of even basic skills though can be seen in the selection process for the leaders we choose. This is not a democrat or republican issue it is an American issue. As I pointed out in the initial posting, when you have a generation of young people that cannot even tell you how many Senators there are in the Senate it is not surprising that the quality of the individuals chosen to lead us is less than stellar.

    On the foreign language issue, IMHO it is very important that this nation provide foreign language skills to young people. The more we can communicate the more we can understand the cultures around the world, and perhaps by understanding those cultures provide new markets for our goods and keep from starting future conflicts. Just a thought.
     
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    we must strive to better ourselves
     
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    :thup::thup::thup: Well ..... I'll be dipped! We agree on something! :eusa_dance: :eusa_dance: :eusa_dance:
     

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