US Students Suck at Geography Too

Geography Report Card Finds Students Lagging

Surprised? Yeah, me neither. Reports like these are depressing. When I was a sub, I saw it first hand. I worked in a low-performing school district (read: minority and poor). A lot of the kids don’t care. The parents are just as apathetic. And the money that pours into the district doesn’t reach the classrooms. In one elementary school, I had to photocopy from a master book and give copies to the kids. They didn’t have books for students. Ridiculous because when an administrator toured my summer school class, I thought, “Hmm. Nice Chanel suit.”

I hope things turn around. Geography might not be considered as important as math and science to a lot of people. But all that math and science is preparing kids to compete in a global economy. Geography might be helpful. At the very least, you will know why you have to wake up in the middle of the night to join a conference call in Bangalore.

If you want to see how you stack up against 4th, 8th, and 12th graders, check out some of the sample questions:

NAEP Geography 2010: Sample Questions

How did I do?

4th Grade 5/5
8th Grade 5/5
12th Grade 4/5

I’m as smart as top 13 year olds. Boo yah!


13 responses to “US Students Suck at Geography Too

  • lobotero

    Spinny, this is nothing new….American students have always sucked at geography….when I was lecturing I talked with a college class a history class, and out of 19 students, one could locate Vietnam on a map and that was because he was a veteran…..and in a talk o the Middle East I past around a map of the area and asked the people to name the blank countries……3 were successful and I even had one that did not know where Israel was on the map…..just a couple of examples…..so see we are not the sharpest pencils in the geographic box and it has been that way a long time…..

    • Spinny Liberal

      Yeah lobo. Back in my college geography class many moons ago, my professor talked about how he had the students draw a map of California. 95% were jokes. One student’s map blew him away. It was very accurate and professional looking. Foreign student. That speaks volumes. And is embarrassing as hell.

  • Hansihansi

    Why learn about where places are? No need for geography, when I got a I-phone and can see anywhere i want for reals.

  • beaglezmom

    We live in a world where cashiers can’t make change without the register telling them how to give, where people don’t need spelling class because spell check will correct them (if they run it), where people don’t need geography because the gps will tell them where they are and where they should go, and now – who don’t need to learn cursive because they text and type not write.

    It’s all good – until we run out of batteries, chargers and energy — then – we are doomed. We are the country of the one god — the energizer bunny.

  • lbwoodgate

    “Geography might not be considered as important as math and science to a lot of people. But all that math and science is preparing kids to compete in a global economy.”

    It might be nice too for some of them to know which countries are getting their jobs.

  • Terrance H.

    4th 5/5
    8th 5/5
    12th 5/5

    Part of the History program I was in at U of M included geography classes all four years. It was a requirement. So, I’m surprised to read lobotero’s comment. Weird.

  • nonnie9999

    i was going to take the test, but i got lost on the way over.

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