A recent study of 18-24 year old American high school graduates, commissioned by education nonprofit World Savvy, with support from the International Baccalaureate Organization, shows a desire among young people to learn more about global topics, but a seeming lack of instruction within American schools to satisfy these needs. Key findings include:
• While the vast majority of respondents see the importance of global literacy, 48 percent actively disagree with the statement that their 6th-12th grade education provided instruction that helps them to understand the roots of global issues that affect their lives today.
• 63 percent indicated that they did not discuss world events in their high school classes.
• Only a little over half (54 percent) think that their high school teachers incorporated a global perspective into their curricula.