I read about this latest survey of young people polled on geography questions. It just astonished me. Dumbfounded might be a better word. 18-24 year olds were polled in this country and 11% of them couldn't find the US on a world map!!!! God help us all. 87% couldn't find Iraq, 49% couldn't find New York. What an embarrassment for the US educational system. http://www.cnn.com/2002/EDUCATION/11/20/geography.quiz/index.html You combine this with other evidence showing low international test scores, etc....and you begin to wonder,...how much longer can the US maintain such a dominant economy (say 20 years from now). These are the kids who will be taking over when the baby boomers retire. The clash between China and the US will only grow economically over the coming years. Here we have a declining work ethic, large amounts of debt, no savings, while its the opposite in China (very smart hard working workers, higher savings, etc).