CHILDREN are struggling to grasp basic geography – they are all at sea when it comes to oceans and just as lost on land.
Astonishingly one in three does not know Wales is in Great Britain while one in 14 is convinced Australia forms part of our nation.
Many labour under the misapprehension that the English Channel separates us from America and a large number do not know London is the capital city of the UK.
The continent-wide gaps in knowledge were highlighted in a survey of 1,500 children aged from five to 14.
Kids today, not only do they not know they’re born, but clearly they also haven’t a clue where they were born, given their appalling lack of geographical knowledge. If only there were some kind of technological solution to this knowledge gap…
The survey was carried out by Travelzoo, creators of a new iPad app called Map The World. A spokesman for the firm said: “There are a few children who don’t know the most basic geography.
“Children can get a lot out of knowing more about the world they live in. It will stay with them for the rest of their life.”
Of course, given that this story (which by-line author Nathan Rao of the Express contributed less than half of the copy to) was created by Bad PR regulars One Poll, there’s a good reason to be sceptical of these figures – especially where it comes to what children do and don’t know. Isn’t that right, Mr Gove?