Thursday, May 04, 2006

I’m Not So Dumb Compared To Them…

This was on the news a couple of days ago (from AP) about American kids' knowledge of geography:

  • One-third of respondents couldn't pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi. (My response: Maybe they thought Katrina and Rita scrubbed them off the face of the earth.)

  • 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.

  • Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East. ( I would bet they couldn’t even show you the general area of the Middle East on a map.)

  • 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. ( They had better learn; they might have to go there for a job one day.)

  • 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. (If Iran gets it’s way, there won’t BE an Israel, so the point is moot as Reverend Jackson would say.)

  • Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico. (If only this were true. Sigh.)

I joke about having gone to Louisiana public schools but this is just sad, although I can’t speak a second language either. Heck, with my drawling accent I might not even qualify as speaking English.


Prince Myshkin said...

That is so hillarious. Did they take the survey in Arkansas?

JAM said...

Sadly enough, it was supposedly a representative poll of U.S. young people ages 18 - 24. There's a decently dense article about it HERE.