The youth of today see events such as war, protest and famine everyday on the news. However, they do not understand what they are seeing. They don't think about the human rights abuses that happen, or the people who die of starvation, every single day. I recently started a Current Affairs society at my high school where we discuss such events as the Iraq invasion, the crisis in Libya and Syria for example. When I set it up, I was marvelled by people who asked me, 'why does it concern you?', 'how is it related to you?' and 'who cares?'. I am similarly marvelled by there knowledge of where Libya and Syria even are. Those in high schools across the country have become detached from the rest of the world. They take the rights they have every day for granted.
Perhaps we should stop teaching our students Logarithms and start teaching them what's happening in today's world.