This semester, I’m asking students to refresh their brains with some current events challenges. I clearly remember when I asked my college freshman some simple questions about our political leaders and basic geography. One student couldn’t name the Vice President of the United States. Once, a student thought Mexico was in Europe.
I’m not kidding.
Most students realize they could educate themselves on what’s happening in the world around them, especially when I remind them that entertainment news is not really news. Knowing what the Kardashians are doing or whether or not Selena Gomez is back with Justin Bieber isn’t news.
I want to be an educated citizen with some national and international literacy. Test yourself with these four questions:
1. Can I point out Syria, North Korea, and Pakistan on a map?
2. Can I name at least a few current US Cabinet members? Do I know what the Cabinet refers to?
3. Can I articulate what’s happening in Egypt right now?
4. Do I know where to go to vote?
Did you pass?