Contradictory to what my title says, I don't think our country is stupid, it is the Americans that I believe are lacking in education. Last night I watched Boston Legal where a young girl traveled abroad to England for a year of school, and when she returned she was appalled at how pathetic America's education system is and how she is feeling cheated by the lack of skilled educators and the public schools low standards of achievement.
On the show, she stated that 69% of the US students couldn't point England out on a map, let alone identify the names of each state in their OWN country.
So I got online and printed this map:
I gave one to Josh, and kept one for myself. We each took a crack at identifying all 50 (yes, not the 51 we have now) states and let me just say, I feel like a idiot. Honestly, there was one state that I didn't even know existed, not by name but by shape. Lucky for me, I know all fifty states by name, and can tell you them in alphabetical order due to the obnoxious song they taught us in grade school. But really, I am so glad to know that, because it feels good to say I can name them all. However, I haven't the slightest clue where they are. Minnesota? Indiana? Seriously if you asked me an hour ago....I wouldn't have a clue. Luckily, Josh and I are going to study a country each week. We are going to be able to locate it on a globe, tell you what is around it, and perhaps even the capital. We don't want Jack to be sitting doing his homework, and say "Mom? What state is Washington DC in?" and sit there like- "Holy crap, I don't know."
Cause soon he'll be in international geography and we'll look like imbecile's.
So I challenge you, and whoever else you what to do this with, to print this map (USA, with Hawaii and Alaska) and see how many of our states you can locate.
(It just occured to me that I may be a total moron, and everyone who reads this will know all the states..but I still think America needs to be smarter, and I hope everyone feels the same way. Especially for our kids)
If you want some help- you can use this check list:
(yes, I sung the song in my head, and did it by memory.)