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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

60 Percent: Need Geography Lessons

Students need to increase their global awareness.
By Edutopia Staff
Credit: Edutopia

Percentage of young Americans, ages 18-24, who can't locate Iraq on a map of the Middle East. Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the world's most widely spoken native language -- it's Mandarin Chinese -- and less than three in ten think it's important to know the locations of countries in the news. To help students become more geo-savvy, the National Geographic Society has launched www.mywonderfulworld.org, where students can go to learn more about the globe.

Source: 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey of Geographic Literacy

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