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Preparing Young Americans for a Complex World

Preparing Young Americans for a Complex World

by Bill Hayes

In Preparing Young Americans for a Complex World for the New York Times, David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World, argues that American students are woefully ignorant of our world and stresses the need to improve American global education.

Last year, the Council on Foreign Relations and National Geographic commissioned a survey to assess the global literacy of American college students. Over 1,200 people participated; less than 30 percent earned a passing grade. Below are six questions they included, each of which a majority of respondents answered incorrectly. See how you, or your students or children, do. (Answers below.)

1. In which of these countries is a majority of the population Muslim?

a) South Africa

b) Armenia

c) India

d) Indonesia [more]