Why Americans Know Less About the World

From the Open Culture collection of Intelligent YouTube Videos comes this short video of a TED talk from this past winter. In the video Alisa Miller explains, through maps, why Americans don’t know as much about world news as compared to their peers in other countries. Ms. Miller gives a convincing presentation that has some implications for educators in the United States.

Implications for Education
Educators in America hear the news reports and see the statistics about how our students measure up to the rest of the world all the time. There are a lot of reasons and responses that can be offered, but let’s not ignore the fact that we’re charged to do something. As a teacher who promotes the use of technology in the classroom as a global learning experience, a video or story like the one from Alisa Miller offers a great justification for increasing access to the Internet in the classroom. If mainstream media cannot or will not spend adequate time covering world news then as a teacher it’s my job to make students globally aware and teach them how to find and access world news.


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