Even though I’m directionally challenged, Geography used to be one of my favorite classes. It was just easy. And after all, if you don’t know where you came from or where you’re going relative to where you are, then you will walk through life lost. Literally.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress only 25 percent of American schoolchildren are proficient or above average in Geography. These results were the findings of a Geography test given to students in grades 4, 8 and 12. Compared to the results of the same test from 2001, fourth graders have slightly improved. Despite this, those who took the twelfth grade test have gotten worse, with only 20 percent scoring proficient.
Although Geography is being neglected in schools, many deem the test itself extremely challenging. It includes a wide variety of material including the basics, environmental and economic development. In all fairness, most of the 80% percent that failed the 12th grade test could identify major countries on the map.
To find out where you stand relative to knowledge a 4th, 8th, and 12th grade should possess in Geography, take the quiz here http://nationsreportcard.gov/geography_2010/sample_quest.asp?tab_id=tab3&subtab_id=Tab_1#chart