A while back I was in the break room of my former job and talking to my manager. He was from
I realized just how horrible American geography education is. When I was in high school the class was taught North America's countries and maybe something about the country's relations with the
I knew then Americans were bad at geography but I did not know how bad until recently. My good friends at National Geographic have released yet another study of Americans not knowing regional geography.
The horror highlights include:
- 90% thought knowing the locations of countries in the news was not important
- 75% could not locate Israel on a map of the Middle East
- 60% were not to find Iraq on a map of the Middle East
- 47% could not find India on a map of Asia
- 30% thought the most heavily fortified border was between the US and Mexico
Harm de Blij would be rolling in his grave if he was dead.
Other geographical subjects are important. Knowing urban planning can help one figure where the best housing prices will be. American cultural and social geography can aide those who wish to market products. Knowing soil geography can tell one if there house will fall in a sink hole or erode into the ocean. All geographical fields are important yet schools only teach World Regional and they fail at that. I think teachers should take a page out of the British school system and find out what Americans are doing wrong.