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American Teens Think Canada Is In A Dictatorship

According to an article found on reddit and written by the National Post News, it seems that many American students in the 8th grade have no clue about what’s going on with their neighbor to the north, Canada. On some standard test results it showed that one third of the teens in the United States believe that Canada is run by a dictatorship or by strong military power.

The response from the Canadian side is that they would like to see Americans learn more about the country, because they obviously don’t know what is going on up in Canada. Aside from cold lakes, a French community and the certain pop singers, most Americans couldn’t name three things about the massive land territory that they share borders with.

This is probably one of the most unusual relationships out there, because it is true that most countries that share borders know at least a little bit about who they are sitting next to at the table. Canadians are known to be extremely friendly, so it is interesting that out of all the choices on the tests that the American teens would select something less friendly to say that the country is getting controlled.

Brian Torchin is hopeful there will be more opportunities in the future for students to travel and learn about Canada so that they realize that it isn’t such a bad place over all in their life.

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