Even if I think that the survey is not perfect because it uses a sample of only 512 people and even if I think that the title of the article “Young Americans Geographically Illiterate, Survey Suggests” is incorrect because litteracy is more about the ability to communicate, the article still reflects a general trend that I felt while living in America.
Indeed, I felt like living in an island, as the picture suggests. A big island, but still an island. I felt isolated from the rest of the world because almost nothing came in the United States that was from the outside. No music, no news, no nothing. This is not because America is not free, on the contrary, it is a very free society but it is because the Americans simply don’t care.
At first, I thought that it was because they were somehow afraid by the outside. For example, I remember that one of my college teachers told me that her husband wouldn’t travel in a country that did not speak english! Now I know that he simply didn’t want to bother having to deal with this little inconvenience.
Why would he? I remember hearing all the time ” We live in the greatest country in the world” (although I don’t really know what they mean by great) or “America is the most powerful country in the world”, which is true politically, economically and militarilly but does that mean that we should not counsider the outside? Does America live in a culture that says that the only thing that matters is something that is powerful?
Every night I was waiting for my international news on TV, which lasted all of one minute for news from all around the world. Sad.
Now that I live out of the island, I am wondering if education should be all about learning business, job, building relationships or if culture matters a little. Especially international culture because the United States is dealing with international affairs in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, South Korea. Maybe would the Americans see that they cannot just launch wars in countries so different from the western world, that think differently.
Just think about it!
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