13 year old tries to place countries on a map
Not long ago an ‘experiment’ of asking Americans to fill in a blank map of Europe and then showing the results was buzzing around social media everywhere. I don’t have any idea how representative that was or even how real it was, but I laughed along with everyone. After all, it is common knowledge that most of Americans have trouble naming their own president, right?!
The other day I wondered, after all of that travel we have done, how much has my 13 year old actually been helped in this essential skill for life, namely: filling up blank maps to uphold the good name of Australians in the eyes of bored folks around the World. Or now even: filling up blank maps to shut the mouths of folks that think her parents are irresponsible for taking her out of school to show her the World.
Now, having in mind the second one, if I was smart, I would have coached her a bit before handing her the maps, but I am obviously not only an irresponsible parent, but a glutton for punishment, because I just surprised her with them, as she was sitting on the kitchen table reading a book.
You tell me.
Pretty darned good! I’ve got to go Eastern Europe just to get all those fiddly countries figured out!
Hmmm, no repercussions over turning 13? That’s when DE decided he definitely did not want to travel anymore (at least not with his parents!)
We did! We went ALL over Eastern Europe – incl. Bosnia, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania, which she failed to place on the map. She must have been asleep ;)
No repercussions yet. In fact, she may be a better traveler now that she is officially a teen. Or maybe it is just the calm before the storm.
This is a really nice test – let’s look how we over-educated (and sadly, under-traveled) Germans do this test! Where can I get these printouts, pray?
(Btw: I would love to read more day-to-day stories about your unschooling life, as it is just so hard to imagine for me – hey, we are not even allowed to take our kids out of school for a week!)
Where are the ‘Stans? I guess you guys will have to plan a trip to Central Asia to get acquainted with the region!
well done amazing i get scotland and wales mixed up how would i do naming all of Europe!