Are US adults really that ignorant?

November 12, 2014

 

Guest Column 

 

Luis Rodriguez 

 

 

Ask any adult born and raised in the U.S. to point out where any country other than Canada and Mexico is located and most of them would be clueless.

 

Taking into consideration that public education here is pretty much free and seeing that in 2012 only about 80 percent of teens graduated from high school is ridiculous. 

 

I have many acquaintances from Mexico that came to school here and ended within the top of their class. 

 

Is it because of the previous education received in Mexico or did they take advantage of public education in America?

 

It's clear that not every thing taught in grade school is necessary to succeed in life.

 

Think about the show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

 

Contestants attempt to answer 10 questions taken from elementary school textbooks and only few have been able to succeed.

 

Educators have only been focusing on instructing students on how to pass standardized tests.

 

Ask someone what is their favorite TV program and they’ll immediately let you know what show they follow.

 

To this day, I don’t think there’s a network that doesn’t run reality shows, which are anything but real.

You can see the ignorance in big movies in the stereotypical way they depict other countries and the way people live there.

 

Not to mention the dumbing effect of news stations and how they only tell one particular point of view of the stories they cover, if they cover them at all.

 

Ask an adult about current events outside of the country and guess what?

 

You probably won’t get much out of them.

 

How can they say anything about current events in the world if most of them care more about celebrity gossip and Sunday’s football game?

 

The same goes for more serious topics like abortion and gay rights; things that shouldn’t even have to be discussed.

How can people be so ignorant to put religious values and morals above human rights?

 

A 2013 survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development given to about 166,000 people between the ages of 16 and 65 in more than 20 countries revealed that American adults scored below the international average in math, problem solving, and reading.

 

U.S. colleges and universities are among the top leaders in education.

 

With anywhere from 50 to 66 percent of the world’s top 100 institutions, so it can’t be that bad, right?

 

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