From: "John Keeney"
References: wrote in message
> "DonkaDonk" wrote in message
> > While it's all well and good, visiting the NG web site and going through
> > their 20-question survey demonstrates that overall the Europeans (and
> > Canadians) didn't do so well on many questions themselves. Only 15% of
> > French knew what El Nino is, and the other European nations did very
> > better. Only 79% of Brits could locate America on a map. Only 70% of
> > French and Germans and Italians could locate Mexico, and only 51% of
> > could do it. Only 70% of Americans could locate the pacific ocean, far
> > fewer Europeans could. Fewer than 25% of Japanese, Canadians, Brits and
> > French could locate Afghanistan. 70% of the Japanese didn't know the
> > east was the world's largest oil exporting region. No one knew very
> > which two nations have populations over one billion; Sweden did the best
> > 61%, everyone else was clueless. Most nations didn't do so hot in
> > Japan on a map. And while Americans surveyed were generally not so hot
> > pegging locations elsewhere on the globe, only 33% of Japanese, 21% of
> > Canadians, 33% of French, 28% of Brits and 46% of Italians could find
> > Sweden.
> Our technology has improved to the point we can discover how ignorant we
all are. All this means is we now can set targets for
> education. I would surmise, while uninformed, we as a people know more
than we as a people did 100 years ago.
More a matter of knowing different things,
or at least, being taught different things.