Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Basic Geographic Literacy

My Wonderful World TEST YOUR GLOBAL IQ
Do you and/or your children know where Iraq is on the map? It is shocking that so many young people do not know where Mississippi or Louisana are located in the U.S. This site is designed for parents, school teachers and children along with a quiz. This was on the news yesterday and Jay Leno joked about it last night. Truly it is not that funny.....I would think young people would learn this in elementary school.

National Geographic Findings Young Americans answer about half (54 percent) of all the survey questions correctly. But by and large, majorities of young adults fail at a range of questions testing their basic geographic literacy.

  • Only 37% of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003.
    6 in 10 young Americans don't speak a foreign language fluently.
    20% of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It's the largest country in Africa.)
    48% of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim. (It's Hindu—by a landslide.)
    Half of young Americans can't find New York on a map.

Note: If you place your mouse slightly on the flags listed on my sidebar, it will show you the location in the world where the country is in our world.


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