Geography Greek to young Americans
`After more than three years of combat and nearly 2,400 U.S. military deaths in Iraq, nearly two-thirds of Americans aged 18 to 24 still cannot find Iraq on a map, a study released Tuesday showed.
The study found that less than six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, 33 percent could not point out Louisiana on a U.S. map.
The National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs 2006 Geographic Literacy Study paints a dismal picture of the geographic knowledge of the most recent graduates of the U.S. education system.’
May 3rd, 2006 at 8:41 pm
There is an interesting article defending American youth and their lack of map reading skills at http://www.irishstrangler.com/wordpress/?p=148
May 3rd, 2006 at 10:04 pm
Yeah, I suppose it’s a fair point to make that if everyone knew where everything was maps would be redundant.
The middle east is one thing, but not being able to find a state in your own country is another thing altogether, especially after news coverage of a huge disaster in that state.
And then there’s this. ðŸ™‚