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shaDEz Report This Comment
Date: September 14, 2006 07:40PM

what's sad is this is actually true for ga schools
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 14, 2006 09:39PM

Sad but true. The kids learn geog' just fine in school, it's the adults I'm talking about.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 14, 2006 10:35PM

True enough. But no philosophy so we keep doing stupid stuff OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

Take for example, low rent puppet regimes in the middle east that are doomed to fail......
Palley Report This Comment
Date: September 15, 2006 12:23AM

Not true Stupid Ones.
We learn geography by all the Trillions of dollars spend helping Countries escape from Mad Men who want to kill their own countrymen,
who want to destroy peace, who want to kill you and take away your porn.
People who have signs like that have a mental disorder.
duane Report This Comment
Date: September 15, 2006 06:41AM

lol,bright red letters upper line.
rogerramjet_2003 Report This Comment
Date: September 15, 2006 07:52AM

Yeah try Porn613
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 15, 2006 09:55AM

True.We don't need geography.We don't care where or what happens in those fucked-up 3rd world countries.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 15, 2006 11:37AM

"Mad Men" like Saddam Hussien that we funded and sold gas to, with which he used against the Kurds?

Or "mad men" like Augusto Pinochet, who the USA supported in a coup, and then who brutally repressed Chile for many years?

Or "mad men" like Manuel Noriega, who was a drug-runner/military general on the CIA payroll ... until he stopped taking orders from Washington, and was summarily hunted down.

Or the "mad men" like the so-called "Contras", funded by illegal arms sales to Iran, and who engaged in a war against "soft targets" in Nicaragua against the democractically-elected Sandinistas.

I think, Pally, you'll find the US Foreign Policy a little spotty in terms of "supporting democracy" and "removing bad guys". Seems we make fantastic deals with bad guys when they do our dirty work.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 15, 2006 01:56PM

The rest of the world has been fighting in wars allot longer then Americans have.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 15, 2006 07:08PM

(ignores vague comment)

*Geography Greek to young Americans*

Thursday, May 4, 2006;
Posted: 9:44 a.m. EDT (13:44 GMT)

Interactive:'s geography quiz
# Thirty-three percent of respondents couldn't pinpoint Louisiana on a map.
# 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.
# Two-thirds didn't know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.
# Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
# Forty-seven percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
# Seventy-five percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.
# Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.
# Six in 10 did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world.
# Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico.

Source: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After more than three years of combat and nearly 2,400 U.S. military deaths in Iraq, nearly two-thirds of Americans aged 18 to 24 still cannot find Iraq on a map, a study released Tuesday showed.

The study found that less than six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, 33 percent could not point out Louisiana on a U.S. map.

The National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs 2006 Geographic Literacy Study paints a dismal picture of the geographic knowledge of the most recent graduates of the U.S. education system.

"Taken together, these results suggest that young people in the United States ... are unprepared for an increasingly global future," said the study's final report.

"Far too many lack even the most basic skills for navigating the international economy or understanding the relationships among people and places that provide critical context for world events."

The study, which surveyed 510 young Americans from December 17 to January 20, showed that 88 percent of those questioned could not find Afghanistan on a map of Asia despite widespread coverage of the U.S.-led overthrow of the Taliban in 2001 and the political rebirth of the country.

In the Middle East, 63 percent could not find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map, and 75 percent could not point out Iran or Israel. Forty-four percent couldn't find any one of those four countries.

Inside the United States, "half or fewer of young men and women 18-24 can identify the states of New York or Ohio on a map [50 percent and 43 percent, respectively]," the study said.

On the positive side, the study noted, seven in 10 young Americans correctly located China on a map, even though they had a number of misconceptions about that country. Forty-five percent said China's population is only twice that of the United States. It's actually four times larger than the U.S. population.

When the poll was conducted in 2002, "Americans scored second to last on overall geographic knowledge, trailing Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and Sweden," the report said.

The release of the 2006 study coincides with the launch of the National Geographic-led campaign called "My Wonderful World." A statement on the program said it was designed to "inspire parents and educators to give their kids the power of global knowledge."
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 16, 2006 05:12AM

fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: September 16, 2006 01:52PM

^^^^^^^ different flies.
messyflatmate Report This Comment
Date: September 17, 2006 07:15AM

what the heck is that sposed to mean, fossil?
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: September 17, 2006 10:18PM

same shit, different flies?