Only 13% of American schoolchildren can find Iraq on a map. When asked to locate 10 specific US states, most could only find Texas and California. A disturbing number thought New York was located west of the Mississippi River. While it's easy to sit back and bemoan the state of our educational system, I thought it might be interesting to put a similar test the adults in the audience.
A survey by the National Geographic Society in the United States has shown that people from nine leading countries have very poor knowledge of the geography of the world they inhabit.
BBC News Online now gives you the chance to test how much you know about the world around you.
It's a simple 10-question test. Go ahead; give it a try. It won't even take that long. Let's see how smart we all are. When you're done, leave a comment telling me how you scored. BTW, in case anyone is wondering, I scored a 10/10. Good luck!!
(thanks to Gerard Vlemmings)