The world has changed since I was in high school. I don’t know how…or when it changed but it has none the less.
My stepdaughter, who is a freshman in high school, has a shirt she wears that says “PARIS” with a bow tie to dot the “I”.
I consistently ask her, when she chooses to wear it-
“Why do you wear a shirt that says ‘parts’ on it?”
“IT SAYS PARIS…NOT PARTS…geez…”
Tonight I added another question-
“Do you even know what country Paris is in?”
15 thoughts on “Geography…by Generation Y”
Either she is wrong….or I missed the historic European City Swap Treaty in the news.
None taken. Now, I quiz her. Every time she mentions a city, I ask her to tell me the state or country that it is in….without the option of using Google.
With your guidance, she will release her inner genius.
I try. So far I am losing to her inner blonde…
Yeah. Gen Y geography … it’s something. With the 3rd one (who’s a Gen Z – now we’re the Gen XYZ family 😉 ) I got a wall sized map and started teaching her by the time she was 3.
Better for you teach them before the school system gets to them!
That 3 year old is 9 now. I don’t even want to talk about N.Y. and common core except to say I’m glad they didn’t have it while the older two were there. I already have a headache at the end of homework every day!
Parts, England! Of course, just west of Kent. Any Anglo knows this 😉 Teenagers can be unintentionally funny in the most make-you-cringe ways.
Cringing is a daily event at our house.
Great short tale. My son knew a girl at his school at – I’m guessing – about the same age as your step daughter – who thought Europe was a country. Then again there is Sarah Palin who plainly can offer the excuse of being a kid!
Yeah yeah…isn’t that awful. So sweet you’re teaching her…what ever!!! Get back to the story!
Just kidding (kind of). I’m terrible at geography (although I DO know that Paris is in Sweden…duh) and I remember that my schooling didn’t really place any emphasis on it. We had “Social Studies” and “Civics” but never geography.
I was always embarrassed that I couldn’t fill in those maps of the US and Canada that come blank and you’re supposed to name the state/province, capital and color it. Now I’m facinated by maps and could stare at them for hours.
The square states still confuse me.
I’m still not the best at Geography but I try.
Her brother told her to look it up France in Google…
Her response- “I can’t type in French.”
Aye dios mio!!