№149 по английскому языку за 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
авторы: Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
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3 a) Read about the issue raised by a college professor on one of the forums. Does this problem exist in your country?
Why do Americans seem to know so little about world history and world geography and foreign societies and languages?
Having taught American and International college students for many years, I must admit that most American students fit the description. It seems to me that most really don't care about other cultures, geography, etc. When they do care, they usually become informed. Students I have met from other parts of the world tend to be better informed, but many are also extremely misinformed, believing that the frequently idiotic things they were taught about history and politics 'back home' are true.
There are plenty of reasons for the lack of interest many Americans have in things foreign. Popular culture; information systems, totally controlled by commercial interests, and educational systems full of programmes in which things like languages and world history are often thrown out to make room for courses based on cheap pop psychology. The results are frequently bizarre. Most students have no idea regarding the issues or consequences of the world wars. Some will read WWII as "world war eleven". In general, most American students are extremely well informed about pop music groups, celebrities, TV, etc., because they are surrounded by this stuff, it is fed to them from every possible source, and basic American youth culture is anti-intellectual.
») Read the comments to his opinion. Which of them do you agree with?
A. If your impression is that Americans seem to know little about world history, geography, societies and languages, you may be speaking with the wrong Americans. Some are quite well educated and do have cosmopolitan interests.
B. Why would they know about world history? They don't even learn about American history. We have college graduates who can't tell you WHEN we fought the War of 1812, let