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Civic Minds in The Seattle Times

Program Content for November 21, 2014

Date:  Friday, November 21, 2014

E-Edition Date:  Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Article Title:  Record numbers of youths pose challenge, U.N. says

Section:  Main, A2


Vocabulary Review:


Even as the global economic crisis recedes, youth unemployment has continued to grow since 2011, the report finds.



Please look up the definition of recedes and use in a sentence, using your own words.






Comprehension Questions



1.      UNITED NATIONS — There are more ___________________ today than ever before in human history.


2.      Whether they lift their nations to prosperity — or tear them to shreds — will depend, the U.N. warns in a new report, on what 3 key factors? 


3.      The report, released Tuesday by the U.N. Population Fund, estimates how many people worldwide are 10-24 years old?


4.      Where are the majority concentrated?  


5.      How many adolescents are in India alone?


6.      India is also among several countries where the shape of the population is changing profoundly. What’s changing? 


7.      The poorest countries face the largest share of young people.  Why?   


8.      While school enrollment has gone up in recent decades worldwide, the report said quality remains so poor in so many schools that about 130 million children stay in school for four years but never achieve what?


9.      The United States is cashing in on another sort of demographic dividend.  How?   


10.   Washington state has had an _____ percent rise in foreign students, the report said.


Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:


That shift, the report asserts, is “opening a window for a demographic dividend,” but not without significant investments in preparing its young people to join the workforce.


·        How is America preparing its youth for the workforce?  How well have you been prepared? Give three ideas to better improve transitioning young adults to the workplace?


In the 33 poorest countries, for instance, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, nearly a third of the population is between 10 and 24. In the world’s richest countries, the share is 17 percent.



China and the United States each have about a fifth of their populations in that age bracket. Russia’s share is 16 percent.


·        Look at these statistics of the staggering difference in the youth population in these different countries. Why is there such a disparity?  What cultural and socioeconomic factors contribute to it?





“The future of young adults, world-wide, hinge on education, health care & jobs.”


·        Do you agree with this statement?  Why or why not? 

·        What other factors are a part of being successful in the world after high-school?

·        What values did your parents and family instill within you? 

·        What ethics will you pass on to your children?




Newspaper-related CBA activity:  U.S. Policy


How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across the globe.  Analyze and evaluate the causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and across the world.


·        Using The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals with world politics or foreign policy. 

·        What are the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?  How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding the specific issue the article is discussing?

·        Why is it important to study and learn about foreign policy?  How does it help you understand the world we live in, using current issues and events?





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