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U.S. schoolchildren, noses in their smartphones, don’t know the lay of the land.
Only half of fourth-graders correctly put the following in descending order of size: North America, the U.S., California and Los Angeles, according to a federal test known as the Nation’s Report Card, the Education Department said today.
Less than one-third of elementary and high school students showed proficiency in geography, the Education Department said. Students aren’t learning subjects such as geography and history as teachers spend more time on math and reading to accommodate standardized tests, said Roger M. Downs, a Pennsylvania State University geography professor.