Geographical Literacy

Europe is the stuff of American dreams: Tuscan sun and food. strolling around the Eiffel Tower, and even visiting the “cousins” in London.  Recently, Buzzfeed posted a series of empty maps, purportedly filled in by geographically-challenged Americans.

I haven’t been able to determine exactly who did this experiment or how the sampling was done so caveat emptor.  Still, its a great introduction for teaching about why it is important to know name/place geography. And we know that Americans do struggle with geographic knowledge, as Daniel C. Edelson, vice president for education at NatGeo explained in 2005.

via Americans Try To Place European Countries On A Map.


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