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Originally posted by ZeddicusZulZorander
Originally posted by djohnsto77
I'm sick of people saying all of us in the United States are dumb, we're not!
Nobody said all.
But National Geographic has done a study of 18-24-year-olds from a few different countries. USA was not the lowest (Mexico) but was next in line.
In a nation called the world's superpower, only 17 percent of young adults in the United States could find Afghanistan on a map, according to a new worldwide survey released today.
About 11 percent of young citizens of the U.S. couldn't even locate the U.S. on a map. The Pacific Ocean's location was a mystery to 29 percent; Japan, to 58 percent; France, to 65 percent; and the United Kingdom, to 69 percent.
Despite the threat of war in Iraq and the daily reports of suicide bombers in Israel, less than 15 percent of the young U.S. citizens could locate either country.
More young U.S. citizens in the study knew that the island featured in last season's TV show "Survivor" is in the South Pacific than could find Israel.
Particularly humiliating was that all countries were better able to identify the U.S. population than many young U.S. citizens. Within the U.S., almost one-third said that population was between one billion and two billion; the answer is 289 million.
Survey Reveals Geographic Illiteracy
I've experienced the difference first hand.