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Old 02-23-2016, 10:28 AM
 
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I don't agree with the premise of this question.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Yes, it bothers me sometimes that they don't know their geography or the Canadian government system. I'd wager that not many of them know who our Prime Minister is or if they would be able to name all or most our provinces.

I'd say their school system and media is to blame, but their kids should be taught world geography in school, especially Canada, because Canada is their closest, largest neighbor.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:48 PM
 
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Yes, it bothers me sometimes that they don't know their geography or the Canadian government system. I'd wager that not many of them know who our Prime Minister is or if they would be able to name all or most our provinces.

I'd say their school system and media is to blame, but their kids should be taught world geography in school, especially Canada, because Canada is their closest, largest neighbor.
But to put that in perspective; they've absorbed over 12 million illegal Mexicans into their society without bothering to learn anything about that country either so I'm not feeling left out at all.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:11 PM
 
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It's neat that some of us below the 49th parallel know a few cities that are above it, and maybe even how things are there. Really though, the most important thing we need to know (and never forget) is how incredibly fortunate we are to have such great neighbors to our true north. Mercy buckets, so to speak!
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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It's neat that some of us below the 49th parallel know a few cities that are above it, and maybe even how things are there. Really though, the most important thing we need to know (and never forget) is how incredibly fortunate we are to have such great neighbors to our true north. Mercy buckets, so to speak!
Awwwwwwww - big virtual hugs to you...

After reading a bunch of depressing posts from some of the Debbie downers in the Canada forums its nice to read something that makes one smile

Back at ya! We could have done a lot worse as well - just PUHLEASE don't vote Trump
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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I'd say their school system and media is to blame, but their kids should be taught world geography in school, especially Canada, because Canada is their closest, largest neighbor.
This has much more to do with the fact that over 80% of the Canadian population lives within 100 miles of the U.S. border, while the American population is spread out over their entire country.

We are inundated with American news and politics because we live in such close proximity to them, which translates into a more intimate knowledge of their country than they have of ours. It has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of either the Canadian or American education systems.
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Yes, it bothers me sometimes that they don't know their geography or the Canadian government system. I'd wager that not many of them know who our Prime Minister is or if they would be able to name all or most our provinces.

I'd say their school system and media is to blame, but their kids should be taught world geography in school, especially Canada, because Canada is their closest, largest neighbor.
In which province do you live, if you don't mind my asking?
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:35 PM
 
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This has much more to do with the fact that over 80% of the Canadian population lives within 100 miles of the U.S. border, while the American population is spread out over their entire country.

We are inundated with American news and politics because we live in such close proximity to them, which translates into a more intimate knowledge of their country than they have of ours. It has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of either the Canadian or American education systems.
I think in reality it might be a blending of both. Our education system has adjusted over time to factor in the reality of our neighbour having such a large influence world-wide whereas theirs would merely be reflective of a standard geographical consideration of Canada being just another country among many.

Some might desire to attach a "willful ignorance" to American's knowledge of Canada whereas I don't believe Canada is singled out for any special treatment in that regard at all.
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Old 02-26-2016, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I think in reality it might be a blending of both. Our education system has adjusted over time to factor in the reality of our neighbour having such a large influence world-wide whereas theirs would merely be reflective of a standard geographical consideration of Canada being just another country among many.

Some might desire to attach a "willful ignorance" to American's knowledge of Canada whereas I don't believe Canada is singled out for any special treatment in that regard at all.
Agree to a point, but in my experience the type of ignorance about Canada usually goes beyond the others.

At least in my experience. For example, they may not know much about Australia, but they know or at least have heard about Sydney, whereas they usually are surprised to find out Canada has anything remotely the size of a city.

Of course we are talking about the really ignorant.
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Old 02-26-2016, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Turlock, CA
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Agree to a point, but in my experience the type of ignorance about Canada usually goes beyond the others.

At least in my experience. For example, they may not know much about Australia, but they know or at least have heard about Sydney, whereas they usually are surprised to find out Canada has anything remotely the size of a city.

Of course we are talking about the really ignorant.
Sydney is more often featured in movies and books than Canadian cities.

People retain knowledge that is important to them. As much as Canadians would like to think otherwise, Canada isn't particularly important to the average American, while America is somewhat more important to the average Canadian.
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