I wish this was the case but American teenagers open books on a regular basis and learn absolutely nothing. :-/
I would disagree @pearlsandcamies. What they learn may be of little or no educational value, but “learning something” is a rather broad statement. Even if all they learned was the plot of a lousy book, learn they did.
I agree with Pearlsandcammies. As a teacher, I have seen students open a book, do their bookwork and not remember a single thing. The problem is they have an amazing ability for word identification, but they don’t actually read and take in the information. They write answers, but only out of copy mode, not taking anything in.
I have found that the best way to get them engaged and learning is to have a conversation with them.
I really want to not be taking a training coarse right now…6 hours…yeah.