That is not a question for your GPS. That is a general question and the answer for many young people is “No, and who cares”. CNN reports on a National Geographic study that says nearly two-thirds of Americans aged 18 to 24 cannot find Iraq on a map and one-third could not point out Louisiana on a U.S. map. The dismal roll call of ignorance goes on and on; 88 percent of those questioned could not find Afghanistan on a map of Asia, 47 percent couldn’t find India. The results of the study are truly disheartening. Not only are our young people ignorant but also they see no reason not to be ignorant.
Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
Our educational system is massively failing. Not only does it teach little but it does not even teach that knowledge is important. Meanwhile, several billion Asians with a tradition of respect for learning and no fear of hard work are creating new centers of power.
Originally posted May 23, 2006. Sadly, the situation hasn’t gotten any better.