people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over HERE in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children.
But seriously, not everyone hates Americans. Love from Australia.
I can’t tell you how many times Americans have asked me what country I’m from in South Africa. The ignorance has become the rule not the exception so posts like this don’t make me laugh, or leave me in shock. It’s just meh.
I hate to break it to you all, but Canada is in America. Granted, it is not just a really big state of the United States of America, but it is in America none the less. North-America, to be precise.
Common use assigns America to the USA, not to the Americas.
People from the US are American, not Unitedians or USA-ians or anything like that.
Hence, Canada is not part of America, and all of you claiming otherwise are trying to use a less-common meaning for America :p
Your Canadian friend was “North American”, not “American” – there is no “American continent” but two continents of North America and South America.
[The standard way to refer to a citizen of the United States is as an "American". Although "United States" is the official appositional term, "American" and "U.S." are more commonly used to refer to the country adjectivally ("American values", "U.S. forces"). "American" is rarely used in English to refer to people not connected to the United States.]
Gah!! It makes me cringe when kids beyond 3rd grade don’t know basic geography. Is it a subject that is only taught is select areas? At my niece and nephews school they teach them those catchy tunes that include the 50 states and their capitals. There is also another song they know with the continents and countries in them.
No wonder why other countries are laughing at us and kicking our asses in education. The new generation is fat, lazy, stupid and their parents want to blame everyone but themselves. Their kids get fat: Sue Mcdonalds. They get shot while acting all “Gangsta wit’ a gat”: Sue the cops. They kill themselves: Sue Ozzy. Etc, etc.
My family wonders why my wife and I will never have children. (Not that I should be reproducing anyway) I’m not the smartest person but I put myself through college and my wife and I work our asses off to have the good life. Why would we want to ruin that with kids?
The U.S.A. is circling the bowl and the turds are pushing us down faster. The death rattle is not far behind.
@Psika, So when you said that “Education in America fails” did you mean that it fails in both North America and South America, just North America, or the United States of America. If you meant the USA then your entire comment fails.
I thought it was pretty obvious by my comment that I meant America as in the Continent. the USA is not the only example. Take Brazil as an example. They were a portuguese colony, and yet they most of them don’t even know where Portugual is! So yes, I meant AMERICA (the continente)…
OH and.. btw… Not only the USA and Brazil. Most countries in the American continent ignore the rest of the world. In european countries we get to study the USA and the rest of the world but most “americans” (people from the american continent) I’ve met think Europe is a country!
which leads me to…
fact #6 EUROPE is NOT a country. Europe is a continent formed by 50 countries, 27 of them forming an International Organisation called “The European Union” .
And I don’t see a reason the world should hate the USA since ignorance is pretty much everywhere! lol