Wednesday, May 3, 2006


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.’

2 Responses to “Geography Greek to young Americans”

  1. Strangler Says:

    There is an interesting article defending American youth and their lack of map reading skills at

  2. moonbuggy Says:

    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. 🙂

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