Study: Americans Don't Know Much About History | NBC Los Angeles
A majority of Americans from all backgrounds struggled to come up with the correct answers in a quiz about American history by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). More than 2,500 randomly selected Americans took ISI's basic 33 question test on civic literacy and 71% of them received an average score of 49% or an "F."
NPR: (Americans) Don't Know Much About History
For years, I used to joke to my family back in Canada about the number of times I had to tell American friends about their own country's history, or which senator was from what state or where such-and-such country was.
Now, a new survey by Newsweek shows my friends weren't an isolated group: when it comes to history, current events or culture, the U.S. is a "Dunce-Cap Nation."
On to geography....
Americans shaky on geography - Education- msnbc.com
Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 fared even worse with foreign locations: six in 10 couldn’t find Iraq, according to a Roper poll conducted for National Geographic.
CNN.com - Study: Geography Greek to young Americans - May 2, 2006
The study found that less than six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, 33 percent could not point out Louisiana on a U.S. map.
An example of how others see us...
How, if at all, is geography taught in schools in the USA? | Ask MetaFilter
It's a cliché about people from the USA that they are ignorant of geography. Not just world geography but their own as well. And I have to say that my experience ("You're from Australia? You speak English very well!" "You're British? I thought you were from England!") has confirmed the cliché somewhat.
So you can insult 1984 all you like. He knew what he was talking about, as do I.
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However, if you choose not to admit that there is a real difference between viewpoints and a concerted effort to influence the public, than I can only chuckle at you as well.