A survey published by the American Council of Foreign Relations revealed some startling conclusions about the general public’s knowledge of geography. The results suggested that an average North American individual could easily match a country to its correct continent. Yet, they could not answer simple questions about population or current geographic events around the globe.
The article suggested that one of the primary contributors to this problem is that basic geography related concepts taught in schools are often North American focused, rather than being global as well. Richard Haass who is president of the Council, stated that this survey “demonstrates a deficit in knowledge” about foreign relations, geography, and other global issues. However, the it also shows the areas that can be positively improved in the future. The surveys predominant goal was to raise awareness and start a conversation about the importance of basic geography knowledge.