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Are Most American Kids Stupid?
But that's beside the point.
Because when I read that three out of four kids ages 18-24 can't find Iraq on a map, I immediately considered my own school days as a rabble-rousing, pre-Internet youngster, and when I do that, I picture some doughy, preachy adult asking me to find Iraq on the map, her fists balled into her hips, glasses perched on her beak of a nose, and while I know that Iraq is right there, why yes, right there next to Iran in the place called the Middle East, I don't want to give her the satisfaction. In fact, I act stupid and point to Greenland, just to see her reaction. And when she rolls her eyes and shakes her head and rues the decline of Western Civilization, I feel much more satisfaction than if I got the question right and she pats me on the head in front of all my peers. Know what I'm talking about?
But is that what's happening here? Well, probably not. Most of these kids probably DID get it wrong. But does it really matter? I mean, the last thing we want our children worrying about is all the nasty stuff happening in the world, right? Kids should be kept in the dark about such things. Let's keep them feted with greasy food and kept comfortably numb. Let's give them pillows and candy and stuffed animals and pretty, shiny things to stare at. Don't you agree?