- – At the time of graduation, nine in ten American high school graduates cannot identify Afghanistan on a map of Asia
- – Three in ten cannot find China—the biggest country in the world—on a globe
- – Roughly half cannot find New York state on a U.S. map
As a result of these and other findings, more than 2.2 million college freshman must take remedial courses that teach high school material during their first year in college in order to catch up with their peers. Taxpayers shell out $5.6 billion for these remedial courses. To put that figure into perspective, if differently allocated, that money could pay for 175,000 students to attend four years of college.