Tuesday, May 02, 2006

And New Orleans Is on the Hudson, Right?

[[E D U C A T I O N]] * Hard as this is to believe, given the voluminous amount of news coverage the state has received over the last year, “nearly one-third of young Americans recently polled couldn’t locate Louisiana on a map.” The survey, conducted by Roper Public Affairs for National Geographic magazine, found also that 48 percent of respondents, aged 18 to 24, were not sure of the location of Mississippi, and “six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East,” and “nine in ten couldn’t find Afghanistan on a map of Asia.”

Regrettably, these are the same young people who will one day be asked to lead nations. Shouldn’t they be more adept at geography? But then, of course, George W. Bush thought Africa was a nation, rather than a continent.

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