How Geographically Literate are you?
November 16, 2007
I recently was browsing the web (looking for Adut Literacy related stuff), and came across an interesting (slightly outdated) article from the National Geographic News. The results are kind of sad.
The 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey of Geographic Literacy surveyed Americans aged 18 to 24. It found that this age group continues to lack basic knowledge of the world. Fifty-four percent of the respondents were able to correctly answer all of the survey questions.
Some highlights (or lowlights?): nine in ten couldn’t find Afghanistan on a map of Asia, half can’t find New York on a map, one-fifth think Sudan is in Asia, three-quarters failed to find Indonesia on a map, and told they could escape an approaching hurricane by evacuating to the northwest, only a third could indicate which way northwest is on a map.
Read the full article here:
Young Americas Geographically Illiterate, Survey Suggests
Test yourself here:
Geographic Literacy Poll
We are living in an increasingly global world, and the inability to identify parts of the world is unacceptable. We need to teach ourselves, our students, our children and grandchildren how to read a map, how to identify different continents/countries, use a compass, and be made aware of the various landforms we pass by daily.