The Baylor Notes created an online poll in conjunction with international week in early March prior to class dismissal due to COVID-19. Upper School students had the opportunity to share their ideas surrounding current world events. Links were included with the questions, in the event that students needed more information on the topics. Read the results here:
Unsurprisingly, the majority of Baylor students received their news from multiple news sources, with the highest singular sources being NPR, CNN, and Fox News. Some students even went on to say they receive morning briefings from New York Times and Washington Post.
The next question was about the democratic primary. While the vast majority of students at Baylor School were not allowed to vote, editors wanted to know who students could affiliate with. Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg (before dropping out) tied for votes at 27.5 percent, with Joe Biden coming closely behind with 23 percent. Many students despite the encouragement even if conservative to vote, decided not to, decreeing Trump as their candidate.
Next we asked on a scale of one to 100, how much of a problem they believed COVID-19 was, the average number was 55, but had immense ranges from some students voting zero, and other 100. Overall, the Baylor students had many varied beliefs about the dangers of this virus in the world.
Another topic was the Australian wildfires that burned millions of acres of land and destroyed hundreds of homes and wildlife. We asked students if they believed climate change was a major cause in the destruction due to the unparalleled burning. A total of 80 percent agreed that it was a major cause while a remaining 27.5 percent disagreed.
When asked about if period poverty was a prominent problem that should be focused on, especially due to Tennessee's push back to the exemption of a 'tampon tax,' 77.5 percent agreed it was a problem while 20 percent did not.
Next came a slightly more complicated question about whether or not Benjamin Netanyahu was the best fit for Prime Minister of Israel. Of those polled, 47.5 percent said no, that he was not a correct fit; while 30 percent voted that yes, he is a good fit. Multiple students opted out of answering the question citing, "It doesn't bother me" and "Not sure." One student even disagreed with the basis of the question stating, "Israel is not a legitimate state" in reference to the Israeli-Palestine conflict in the Middle East.
Asked about whether or not the U.S. and Taliban treaty would completely pull through, the majority of students believed that "no" it would not, while 35 percent believed that yes it would. Another 12.5 percent said they did not know completely.
Asked if the Mexican president was doing enough to prevent the femicide occuring in Mexico, 67.5 percent said he should be doing more; while 20 percent thought he is doing enough. One student went on to comment that they believed there was a bigger problem of murder overall in Mexico, and there should be less of a focus on the women's deaths.
The final question on whether fake news existed "only in America" or "all over the world." The vast majority, (90 percent) agreed that it was a worldwide issue, while 5 percent thought that it was only American.
Finally, we asked on a scale of 0 to 100 how much of the Baylor curriculum should be international, and the answers averaged out to 71, but the ranges being far from a low of 3 to a high of 100.