Geographical illiteracy

Other Names:
Ignorance of world geography

Significant numbers of students entering university are unable to locate major land masses on a map, do not know the major countries of the world, and cannot name the capitals of most nations.


In the USA, a survey of the University of Miami, 30% of the students could not locate the Pacific Ocean on a world map. A recent survey of 5,000 high school students in eight major cities in the USA revealed 25% of the students in Dallas could not name the country that borders the USA on the south, 50% of the students of Hartford, Connecticut were unable to name three countries in Africa, and 45% of those in Baltimore could not shade in the area representing the USA on a map.

Broader Problems:
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST