From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE EDU. PLANS OR PROGRAMS...
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Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 20:59:50 -0500
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 20:59:55 EST
Organization: Bell Sympatico
BUT THIS IS NOT ABSOLUTELY NOT NEW...IT DATES FROM DECADES AGO...
HOW IS THAT ?
WHY GEOGRAPHY , HISTORY AND GENERAL HUMANITIES STUDIES ARE NEGLECTED
STARTING FROM THE PRIMARY AND ALL THE WAY THRU TO COLLEGE ?
WHAT WRONG AND WHY ?
Global goofs: U.S. youth can't find Iraq
Wednesday, November 20, 2002 Posted: 5:49 PM EST (2249 GMT)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.=20
Should education programs be reformed accordingly ?
WHERE IN THE WORLD
Among 18- to 24-year-old Americans given maps:
87 percent cannot find Iraq
83 percent cannot find Afghanistan
76 percent cannot find Saudi Arabia
70 percent cannot find New Jersey
49 percent cannot find New York
11 percent cannot find the United States
Panama ? aaah ! ...that's all the way there in =
Other findings from the survey:
=E2=80=A2 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.=20
=E2=80=A2 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.=20
=E2=80=A2 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.=20
=E2=80=A2 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 =
=E2=80=A2 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 =
=E2=80=A2 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.=20
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.=20
The questionnaires were in the local language, but the content was =
universally the same.=20