Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Yet another poll finds U.S. young adults geographically illiterate


A recent posting on MSNBC.com cites a poll showing that six of ten Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 could not identify Iraq on a world map. Map identification is but one component of contemporary geography, but it stands to reason that an individual who cannot identify Iraq on a map would not be able to discuss the larger geopolitical context that binds the U.S., Iraq, Iran, China and Venezuela.

In a non-scientific poll that accompanied the article, 70% of 21,000+ respondents said that knowing geography is "extremely important in an increasingly global economy."

In a related note, there are spaces left in GBL 116 (Introduction to Geography) during term 2 this fall.

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