23% Of Americans Can Identify Iran On A World Map

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

It looks like about 100 people, or roughly 2% of those polled, thought Iran is in the western hemisphere. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

My mistake. 100 is 5% of 2000. 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
1.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

This kind of thing makes me hate our species. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Thrawn 31 @1.2    2 weeks ago

...when you should really be hating your educational system.

 
 
 
Snuffy
1.2.2  Snuffy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.2.1    2 weeks ago

Absolutely true. It's estimated that 6% of young people in the US cannot identify the United States on a map. This is an older document but I cannot believe our educational system has gotten any better over the years.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10640690/Americans-surveyed-misunderstood-misrepresented-or-ignorant.html

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @1.2.2    2 weeks ago

I was quite amused by that article.  One of the reports indicated that...

"Three quarters said English was the most commonly spoken native language in the world. It is actually third, behind Mandarin Chinese and Spanish." 

Notwithstanding that, English is considered the "International Language" (much to the dismay of the French who wanted it to be their language) because it is spoken in more countries in the world than any other language.  It should be noted that airline pilots (at least those who might fly to countries foreign to their own) are required to be able to speak English.  I would assume that ground-based flight control staff would also be so required. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago
Fewer than a quarter of registered voters were able to identify Iran on a world map in a   survey conducted by Morning Consult   over the weekend. Just 23 percent of poll respondents were able to properly pick out Iran; When presented with a smaller map, showing just the Middle East, the number rose to 28 percent.

Morning Consult’s Joanna Piacenza tweeted a map of the world showing where people think Iran is located.

Men, wealthy people, and those with more education were more likely to correctly label Iran. But it’s clear that some of the answers are not serious. No one thinks Iran is in the middle of the ocean or the middle of Kansas. Right?

Piacenza tweeted that she was inspired by a similar survey conducted in 2017 that asked Americans to   try to find North Korea on a map . Thirty-six percent were able to meet that challenge.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/01/survey-most-americans-cant-find-iran-on-a-map.html?utm_source=flipboard.com&utm_medium=social_acct&utm_campaign=feed-part
 
 
 
WallyW
3  WallyW    2 weeks ago

Schools in the US are run by progressives and the teachers are predominately liberals

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  WallyW @3    2 weeks ago

Wally, 

What the heck are you talking about? Teachers just like anyone else are made up of a wide spectrum of political views. Furthermore, we teach geography. And finally, this study says Americans. That would mean every age group, so our older Americans don't know where Iran is either. 

So easy to think of people as the "other", when we are all the "other".

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1    2 weeks ago

It appears they were shown a map of the world with the various countries outlined but not identified. 

I would at least expect almost everyone to be able to place Iran in the middle east, if not in the exact correct spot. It appears quite a few people didnt have a clue. 

 
 
 
devangelical
3.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1    2 weeks ago

if education paid realistic money, there would be more republicans involved. elimination of PE classes by school districts seems to have taken out most of the conservative faculty members.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
3.1.3  Thrawn 31  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

I am not shitting you, when I was student teaching in 2014 ther world map in the classroom had the fucking Soviet Union on it. According to the teacher the school hadn't had money to fix that kind of shit for as long as she had been there. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.1.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Thrawn 31 @3.1.3    2 weeks ago

Now there I believe you. We had a similar problem back in the 90's. No budget for a large classroom map. Instead, they gave us a small globe to work with. But we were a poor inner-city school and that is not what my kids had in their classroom, and it doesn't explain the over 40's that don't know their geography. 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
3.1.5  Thrawn 31  replied to  devangelical @3.1.2    2 weeks ago

If education paid realistic money teaching would be one of the most desired jobs in the country. There is always the "insult" that teachers are glorified babysitters, but if that is the case then they should be paid baby sitter wages. Where I live that is $12 per kid per hour. So (excluding taxes etc.) That would be $10,800 a day for a 30 kid classroom. So if teachers are babysitters, and if they are they should be getting babysitting money, teachers should be making roughly $560,000 aq year. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
3.1.6  Snuffy  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.4    2 weeks ago
it doesn't explain the over 40's that don't know their geography. 

When 22% of the adult population doesn't even read a single book a year....

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
3.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  WallyW @3    2 weeks ago

Fucking fund geography, history, and civics [delete]

 
 
 
Split Personality
4  Split Personality    2 weeks ago

I recently had a coworker insist that Guyana, Suriname and French Guyane were all in Africa.

later they changed their guess to 'islands in the Caribbean'.....

and these people are registered voters ... jrSmiley_72_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
4.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Split Personality @4    2 weeks ago

If only we knew what happens when you die, suicide might be a pretty decent option. Skip all that bullshit. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Split Personality @4    2 weeks ago
and these people are registered voters ...

Tell me about it. Now that is really scary. 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
5  Thrawn 31    2 weeks ago

Americans are fucking dumb, the general population definitely embarrasses me. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
6  Tacos!    2 weeks ago

That's honestly better than I would have guessed. I'm going to take the glass is one-quarter full approach and call this "good news."

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
6.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Tacos! @6    2 weeks ago

Is it crazy that I think people should be able to identify at least the 20 largest countries on a map? 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
6.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Thrawn 31 @6.1    2 weeks ago
Is it crazy that I think people should be able to identify at least the 20 largest countries on a map?

No.. one would think so

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
6.1.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6.1.1    2 weeks ago

Gotta love American ed! Some people actually put Iran within the US in that survey... does our species really deserve to exist beyond this planet? 

 
 
 
Tacos!
6.1.3  Tacos!  replied to  Thrawn 31 @6.1    2 weeks ago
Is it crazy that I think people should be able to identify at least the 20 largest countries on a map? 

Yes. Absolutely. Because I have it on good authority that size doesn't matter.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
6.1.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Tacos! @6.1.3    2 weeks ago
Because I have it on good authority that size doesn't matter.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but she was being sarcastic...

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
6.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Tacos! @6    2 weeks ago
I'm going to take the glass is one-quarter full approach and call this "good news."

LMAO!!!! Good one!

 
 
 
Split Personality
7  Split Personality    2 weeks ago

I played too much Risk in my "youth".

What pisses me off now is all of the African countries who had the audacity to change the names the Europeans gave them.

/s

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
7.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Split Personality @7    2 weeks ago

Goddamn fortress Australia. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @7    2 weeks ago

I wouldn't be sarcastic about that - I learned African countries' original names back in the late 1940s and now I don't recognize half the names.

 
 
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