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Young Americans Get Grade D In Geography

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"It demonstrated to us not only a lack of basic geographic skills, but also a disengagement, a turning-inward, almost an isolationist tendency."
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Young Americans Get D In Geography

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2002

(CBS) Young Americans may soon have to fight a war in Iraq, but most of them can't even find that country on a map, the National Geographic Society said Wednesday.

The society survey found that only about one in seven — 13 percent — of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24, the prime age for military warriors, could find Iraq. The score was the same for Iran, an Iraqi neighbor.

Although the majority, 58 percent, of the young Americans surveyed knew that the Taliban and al Qaeda were based in Afghanistan, only 17 percent could find that country on a world map. A U.S.-led force attacked the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan in October 2001, and President Bush has said he is prepared to use force to rid Iraq of any chemical, nuclear or biological weapons programs.

"We were quite stunned to find out that these people did not know where Iraq was," Terry Garcia of National Geographic magazine told CBS radio station WBZ-AM. "It demonstrated to us not only a lack of basic geographic skills, but also a disengagement, a turning-inward, almost an isolationist tendency."

The survey asked 56 geographic and current events questions of young people in nine countries and scored the results with traditional grades. The surveyed Americans got a "D," with an average of 23 correct answers. Mexico ranked last with an average score of 21, just three points from a failing grade.

Topping the scoring was Sweden, with an average of 40, followed by Germany and Italy, each with 38. None of the countries got an "A," which required average scores of 42 correct answers or better on the 56 questions.

"If our young people can't find places on a map and lack awareness of current events, how can they understand the world's cultural, economic and natural resource issues that confront us?" John Fahey, president of the National Geographic Society, said in a statement.

National Geographic is convening an international panel of policy makers and business and media leaders to find ways to improve geographic education and to encourage interest in world affairs, the society said.

Other findings from the survey:
Thirty-four percent of the young Americans knew that the island used on last season's "Survivor" show was located in the South Pacific, but only 30 percent could locate the state of New Jersey on a map. The "Survivor" show's location was the Marquesas Islands in the eastern South Pacific.


When asked to find 10 specific states on a map of the United States, only California and Texas could be located by a large majority of those surveyed. Both states were correctly located by 89 percent of the participants. Only 51 percent could find New York, the nation's third most populous state.


On a world map, Americans could find on average only seven of 16 countries in the quiz. Only 89 percent of the Americans surveyed could find their own country on the map.


In the world map test, Swedes could find an average of 13 of the 16 countries. Germans and Italians were next, with an average of 12 each.


Only 71 percent of the surveyed Americans could locate on the map the Pacific Ocean, the world's largest body of water. Worldwide, three in 10 of those surveyed could not correctly locate the Pacific Ocean.


Although 81 percent of the surveyed Americans knew that the Middle East is the Earth's largest oil exporter, only 24 percent could find Saudi Arabia on the map.
The international survey was conducted for the National Geographic by RoperASW. The results are based on face-to-face interviews with at least 300 men and women aged 18 to 24 in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Britain and the United States.

The questionnaires were in the local language, but the content was universally the same.
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wow -i'm so proud of my swedish neighbours! Norway should have been in the survey too! :-D

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Im so proud im from Sweden right now, we're the best and most educated :-D

"Young Americans may soon have to fight a war in Iraq, but most of them can't even find that country on a map, the National Geographic Society said Wednesday"

I hope they don't bomb Greece or Turkey or something by mistake (double lol)

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Hi Marri . The CNN thing is great!
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lmao nick!!! imagine if they hit the wrong country... lol :-O

Hamster!!! yeah, i love it too!!!!! but i feel like there's no use posting that CNN thing.... coz so many still don't get the mistake.... :-o

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What Switzerland just moved in Austria? Big deal! lol!
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I've sent a link to mate in Switzerland. See what he makes of it.

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NOt surprising, but dissapointing.

I'm pretty sure that Canada's scores for these things aren't overly wonderful either, if I remember the last time I read up on standardized tests here.

When I was young I read atlases for kicks, and would have had no problem doing anything like that.

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Wait this is Czech Republic, right? Okay French are not that good at geography either *ashamed smiley* But i do know Switzerland has a border with my country *proud*
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Yeah I did that (as well as other stuff inovlveing sport, chicken nuggets and sheeps eyes)
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I'm doing good!!! what about you?

lol Becca... i loved looking in the atlas too..... it was so much fun... to point out the places i've been to... and places i wanna go too... i had to study the European map a lot when i made my backpacking trip earlier this year...

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lol Dah, yeah.. they replaced czech rep.!!!! Schweiz is south for Germany ;-)

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