Letter: General knowledge: a trivial pursuit?

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The Independent Online
Sir: I am 14 years old and consider myself to be quite intelligent. However, after reading Susan Elkin's Viewpoint (Education, 15 April), I feel quite discouraged. Although I read newspapers and watch news and documentaries, I must admit that until quite recently I, too, did not know who was Prime Minister during the Second World War.

I am sure I speak on behalf of most students my age when I say that although I may not have much general knowledge about past events, I am more aware of my environment and current world events than many adults.

Yours sincerely,