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Originally posted by jd140
Show me where a large amount of students cant find the USA on a map. I don't want to read about first graders either.
In 2006, the National Geographic Society interviewed 510 young Americans -- people aged 18 to 24 -- about geography. Interviewers handed people a blank map of the world and asked them to identify various countries. "Nearly all (94 percent) young Americans can find the United States on the world map, and Canada (92 percent) and Mexico (88 percent) are nearly as familiar," the survey found.
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.
Originally posted by jd140
My math may be off but 94% found the United States. 94% out of 510 is 479. So your "large amount of students" is really only 11 or 6%.
My God that is alarming.
Originally posted by ThichHeaded
reply to post by jd140
quick google search, point being is well most young Americans aren't as smart as we would like to assume.
But if you REALLY want me to find some info on this and prove this point all I have to do is say watch tonight show on TV and you get your answer.
One-third of respondents couldn’t pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi.
Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
Two-thirds didn’t know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.
Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
While the outsourcing of jobs to India has been a major U.S. business story, 47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.
Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.
Six in 10 did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
this is ludicrous
Nobody talks about settler colonialism or the slave trade and all is good
Ohh but if we don't speak on how a U.S. ally's people were victims then ohh noooooo.
Come on man
Originally posted by baseball101
reply to post by mr-lizard
point taken ... but still i didn't title the article so don't complain to me
....only just over a third (37%) knew that the Holocaust claimed the lives of six million Jews, with many drastically under-estimating the death toll.