Ignorance at home about abroad

The only information I wish I had is whether these students accurately represent all the students at NYU. That is, did Turning Point USA have to talk to 5, 50, or 500 students to get these abysmally ignorant responses. I suspect 5 is the correct answer, but it’s appropriate to know if it was closer to 500:

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  • jj

    Difficult to blame the kids.  I mean, sure: they’re the usual uninformed American idiot, of course.  That’s a given.  But – that said, why would it come as a surprise or even seem the least bit outre to any of them – or anyone else – that NYU would be perfectly seriously contemplating a study-abroad program in Benghazi?  Or, for that matter, Teheran, Tripoli, or Damascus?  It would be perfectly normative for them.  Or Harvard.  Or Yale.  Or Columbia.  Or Princeton, Boston University, Brown, UCLA, USC, Stanford, Georgetown, et al.  The list of those who would is probably longer than the list of those who wouldn’t.    It is not a surprise that (a) the kids don’t know their ass from their elbow about it, or that (b) it could be taken perfectly seriously that the school would do it.

  • Caped Crusader

    Remember my oft recommended  Wonderlic Personnel Test and its 50 questions. You simply will not believe what people ?educated? in the last 30 years do not know. And what’s more these high esteemed morons do not give a damn!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Zombie indoctrination wasn’t designed to produce intellect. It’s a weaponized program for cannonfodder. Difference in methods and goals there.

  • Matt_SE

    Without the sample size, it’s impossible to draw any conclusions. Were these people average, or extreme outliers?
    Those give very different implications about the state of our society.

  • shirleyelizabeth

    Caped Crusader, is that test intended to be taken with pen and paper, or all in your head? I started and ran out of time – geez! (in my defense, laying in bed with my phone) But now I have to beat it. With many, after working out my answer, I recall the much faster way of figuring the math out. It’s been a while since I’ve worked that part of my brain and it was fun.

  • Charles Martel

    Americans have always been noted as geographic dullards by other nations. When you are an empty, freshly minted continental behemoth, flanked by two very weak sisters, and you lack the thousands of years of elbow jostling and murderous animosities that impel the Europeans, you tend not to notice the larger world: “Wogs begin at the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Rio Grande, and the Gulf of Mexico.”
    So in the larger scheme of things, this appalling ignorance by “scholars” at a famously left-leaning university is no surprise. But what rankles is that the ignorance has passed from being a sign of ascendancy—we were busy building the greatest nation evuh—to decline. These kids have been rendered intellectually impotent, and their ignorance is now an indicator that the American gaze has turned from looking 2,000 miles to the Far West to looking 18 inches down to the navel.

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      There are Australians I’ve talked to that thinks if we follow in Australia’s benevolent gun control foot steps, we won’t have any shootings and gun killings either. They think they know how things are in America because they’ve toured the Grand Canyon and can speak English in Australia there.
      What a bunch of….
      These people won’t talk to their inner circles without their real names, on their forums and facebooks. Yet they want to make us Obey some foreign autocracy in Australia to tell us what to do.