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Old 01-10-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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Why do most Americans do not know where Guam, USA is>
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Most Americans don't even know about the US territories much less where they are located, and how they have contributed to the US.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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Many americans can't even find Nebraska on a map
many think you need a visa to go to Hawaii
many think American Samoa is only a girl scout cookie

and you expect them to know about Guam?
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:52 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Ive often told this story before on here but one of the moments that really made me cringe and regret being born an American is on one of my trips to Puerto Rico where a 20something guy was walking around the airport asking every airport worker where he had to go to get his passport stamped.

I just couldent believe someone could be so stupid that they dident know that Puerto Rico is a US territory.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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Sadly we have kids that graduate from high school and cannot find their own state on a map. Watch Jay Leno's "Jay walking" where he asks basic questions to people on the street. I have seen college students and even a grade school teacher that did not know that Canada and Mexico are the two countries that border the US.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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Ive often told this story before on here but one of the moments that really made me cringe and regret being born an American is on one of my trips to Puerto Rico where a 20something guy was walking around the airport asking every airport worker where he had to go to get his passport stamped.

I just couldent believe someone could be so stupid that they dident know that Puerto Rico is a US territory.
You could have pulled him aside and helped him.You had a chance to teach someone something new that they may have never been taught. Instead you called them stupid. Everyone has things they do not know. I'll be the frist to say that there's alot of thing I do not know. Now I will take the time to teach you how to spell couldent (could'nt) and dident (did'nt) without using the word stupid. Take time to think before you label people.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:49 PM
 
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Maybe because Guam is nothing more than a tiny speck of hardly visible land in the middle of a great and vast ocean, half way around the world from the mainland?

We have to also take into account that a significant number of Americans can't even find Alaska on a map. I think that says it all. lol
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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You could have pulled him aside and helped him.You had a chance to teach someone something new that they may have never been taught. Instead you called them stupid. Everyone has things they do not know. I'll be the frist to say that there's alot of thing I do not know. Now I will take the time to teach you how to spell couldent (could'nt) and dident (did'nt) without using the word stupid. Take time to think before you label people.
I agree with your intentions, but "could'nt" and "did'nt" aren't any more correct than "couldent" and "dident."
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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In 1996, U.S. citizens from New Mexico were unable to buy tickets to the Olympic Games in Atlanta because the Olympic Committee employees told the New Mexican callers that "only U.S. citizens can purchase tickets from us". Dumb And Dumber

It is nice to know that our educational system can produce people who don't know that Guam or Puerto Rico are U.S. territories and think that New Mexico is a foriegn country. I wonder if these same people would sell tickets to people from Georgia - the former Soviet Republic which in 1996 was an independent nation - and is today? Atlanta is in Georgia, is it not?

We must take our educational system back from the politically correct liberals who have destroyed if we have any hope of keeping our nation intact. Benjamin Franklin was asked after the Constitutional Convention, "What type of government have you wrought"? He answered, "A republic, if you can keep it." It all starts with education.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Why do most Americans do not know where Guam, USA is>
Our empire is so vast that we cannot be expected to know every corner of it.
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