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Florida? Where's that?

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Africa - country or continent? Lydia Lewis, a school teacher from Washington D.C. says she comes across students who think of Africa as a country and not as a continent. (Shradhha Sharma/CNS)

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Half of the respondents in the 2006 National Geographic-Roper poll had trouble identifying places like New York, a third could not place Louisiana despite the fact that Hurricane Katrina put the region into national focus. (Shradhha Sharma/CNS)

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Geography is an important part of school curriculum across the world in countries like Britain, Russia, France, India, Japan, etc, but in many American schools, it is relegated to a passing mention in school instruction. (Shradhha Sharma/CNS)

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54 percent of the respondents in the 2006 National Geographic-Roper poll were unaware that Sudan is a country in the African continent. Some of them thought it is in Asia. (Shradhha Sharma/CNS)

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Many parts of the world take geography education seriously. But in American schools the subject is often an afterthought. Teachers are concerned about this gap in this age of globalization.


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