Some people believe that teenagers are not knowledgeable enough about politics, the economy, international affairs, and other issues from today's news. How important is it to learn about current events? Do you feel that the schools are doing enough to teach about relevant issues? Or is it the responsibility of the students themselves to be well-informed about the news?

It is the teacher's responsibility to teach and make sure their students keep abreast of current events. It seems that a significant amount of emphasis is placed on the "Three Basics," reading, writing and arithmetic, but current events, politics and international affairs should have an equal emphasis.

School is supposed to teach skills that will help students in life and "life skills" don't only deal with reading and math. It's hard to get students interested in subjects like nuclear war, summit meetings and the stock market, but if teachers talked more about them and taught in a way that would be interesting to the students, such as role-playing activities, games and open discussions, they might become more appealing to students. This would encourage students to take the initiative and learn more about the world. SHARICE EDWARDS Coolidge

Today's teenagers are not knowledgeable enough about politics and current events. Just ask any area youth if he/she can name four Republican presidential candidates. Ask what the stock market crash last October means to the economy. Ask who the latest nominee is for the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Ask if he/she likes or dislikes our leaders and to explain their positions {on issues}. Chances are that he/she will not even have a clue.

What led to this sudden surge of apathy in today's youth? The answers can be found in the nature of current events. More and more, area youth are being brought up thinking that "no news is good news."

When looking at our government, one sees the "Iran-Contra" blunder, a staggering trade deficit, and our would-be leaders-of-tomorrow bowing out as political candidates due to the numerous skeletons in their closets.

Looking at the local scene, one sees our mayor being portrayed as a racketeer, sees the alarming rate of teen pregnancy and infant mortality. One sees the terrible effects that illicit drugs have had on our society.

Watching, hearing or reading the news is simply too much of a "bummer" to be burdened with. As a result, the student will tune out the President as he makes his "State of the Union" address, tune out the 11 o'clock news and watch "The Late Show," ignore the fact that he/she is making history every day and yield to adult ignorance. ROBERT ROGERS Banneker

I think it is very important for students to be informed about current events. Most high school students are very close to voting age. In order to select good candidates, they need to understand the issues.

I don't think most high school students are well-informed. It would be interesting to have an elective course in current events or a current events club for people who want to know about current events.

Basically, it is the student's responsibility to keep informed. He or she should read the papers and magazines to gain more knowledge. FRANCISCO ESPINEZ Gonzaga

On the whole, the students that I come in contact with daily are poorly informed about current events. This is most unfortunate because how can we find our place in society, as well as the world, if we don't know what is going on?

Moreover, how can we expect to keep alive our treasured form of government if we don't know how prominent issues affect us? This is a problem that should be remedied by both students and the school system alike. Current events should be allowed to carry a weight proportionate to English. How can speaking well benefit us if we have nothing timely to say?

Perhaps this problem would be easily resolved if current events were to be incorporated into the required curriculum for D.C. Public Schools. In addition, a scholarship fund could be established and scholarships awarded to students in oratorical contests who would deliver a commentary or criticism of an outstanding issue in today's news. LAVONYA SCOTT Ballou

It is important that teenagers known about pertinent issues from today's news. There have been cases in the Supreme Court that affected teenagers. In the Brown v. The Board of Education case, which integrated public schools, all teenagers were affected.

And even locally, more recently, politicians are attempting to close down "Go-Go" dance halls. Teens should know about all current issues because we are the news. We will be highlighted in the news tomorrow or, as it seems, sooner than that.

It really isn't the school's responsibility to teach about relevant issues. The schools can provide general information about an issue, and the classroom can become a forum for student discussion, but teenagers are responsible for knowing the specifics by reading the newspaper or watching the local news programs. This enables teenagers to state their own positions about issues. BARRINGTON EDWARDS Ellington

I think it is important for students to be knowledgeable about current events.

But then again, students don't really care. Most of us don't even watch the news unless it's sports or weather. Most watch the weather report to see what they should wear. Politics, current events and students sometimes don't mix.

For some reason, students feel far removed from these concerns. Moreover, they do not realize the impact of war, politics and crime on their lives.

Schools really don't do enough to teach politics and current events. But when they do, it's always something negative. Teachers should present the positive side of current events. Then maybe students will be more interested. ERIC JONES McKinley

It is taken for granted that all people follow current events. For teenagers, this is not usually the case. Either through their own lack of initiative or due to a lack of education in schools, teens don't know what's going on.

Most teenagers don't take time out to read the newspaper or watch the news. They have little knowledge of the events that shape our world; the world that they will be raised in.

In schools, teenagers are supposed to be taught what they don't learn on their own. If they aren't learning the current events by themselves, then the schools should teach them.

The majority of D.C. schools take no time out to educate the teens about what's going on around the world. Schools should set aside enough time each day to talk over these matters.

If the whole public is aware of current events, they'll be more informed in their opinions towards, or against, the laws and governments that run our lives. JAMES SCHNEIDER Burke

I cannot say teachers at Cardozo are not doing enough to teach about relevant issues because there are some teachers who take time out to talk about current events before regular classwork.

I also cannot say that it is the teacher's responsibility to teach us about current events. We are young adults and we have television and radios. We can turn them on and listen to the news. We can also buy newspapers. If my fellow classmates can watch "The Cosby Show," they can watch the news.

I don't know about them, but if my tomorrow is cancelled, I want to be the first to know! ANDREA DORSEY Cardozo

Politics, the economy and international affairs affect our lives everyday. As members of society, we should want to read newspapers, journals and other materials containing current issues.

With the students doing this, the teachers can provide in-depth explanations of why something is what it is or the way it is.

It is very important to be aware of what's going on because politics and economics are a part of school. They can cause a school to stay open or close it down. However, most students do not really discuss these issues until their junior or senior years.

It is the responsibility of the student to be well-informed. It is the teenagers who will be deciding the future of this nation. TISHA DERRICOTTE Woodson

At my school, knowledge of current events isn't a problem. We have a current events program and as a result, we hear about world affairs every morning in our homerooms. But not every school has a program like ours and it's up to the students to express their concern.

Current events are an important part of our lives whether they are taught at school or at home, by the newspaper or television. If we as kids don't learn about relevant issues, we aren't going to be very good leaders as adults. MICHELLE LEE National Cathedral "Speak Out" Topic for December 10:

Pregnancy among America's teenagers is now recognized as a nation-wide problem. What steps should be taken to solve the problem of teenage pregnancy?

Responses should be no more than 150 words in length and typed or written legibly. Political-style cartoons on the topic are welcome and should be drawn on posterboard. submissions should include the student's name, school and grade.

Responses should be addressed to: Weekly High School Section The Washington Post 1150 15th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20071 Deadline for responses is: Monday, November 30.