Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The state of our nation's youth

According to a report issued by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, America's teens are "confident, ambitious and optimistic in spite of the many challenges we all face as a nation."

The report compiles the results of a national survey. Highlights of the survey include:

  • 75% of teens say that the Presidential election will make a significant difference in the direction of the country.

  • 72% believe global warming is an urgent problem.

  • One in three teens say that that science and technology are the most important subjects necessary to help prepare them for a global economy.

  • 49% of teens believe that immigration in the U.S. is positive force; 40% believe it is a negative one.

David L. Sokol, President and CEO of the Horatio Alger Association said "A key mission of the Association is to invest in our nation's teens, and with this research, we continue to utilize the tools to gain an understanding of America's teens. Our aim is to initiate a dialogue between teens and the adults in their lives which encourages growth, appreciation, and most importantly success."

Read the entire report.

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