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What is geographic illiteracy

In 1989, the National Geographic Society commissioned a survey to find out how much Americans and residents of several other countries knew about the world around them. Unfortunately, American youths scored the worst. Swedes knew the most about world geography. The media subsequently reported the “geographic illiteracy” of the American population. Due to the attention given to this problem, geographic education has since become a greater priority for educators.


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