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.