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America's Youth Lack Knowledge about the Rest of the World

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. They discovered that graduates between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four were woefully unaware of global matters:

  • fewer than three in ten graduates think it important to know the locations of countries in the news, and just 14 percent believe that speaking another language is a necessary skill

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