While teaching my 12-year-old 1st ESO students, I made the unfortunate discovery that they had no knowledge of basic world geography. Further teaching proved that this horrendous error was not an isolated case.
Me: Name one mountain.
Students: A mountain…?
Me: Yes, a mountain. Anywhere in the world.
Student #1: Oh, what about… oh, what’s it called… Everest!
Student #2: Everest? Where is that?
Student #1: It’s the one in the Canary Islands, I think.
Me, horrified: Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world.
Me: Yes, and it is definitely not in the Canary Islands; it’s in Nepal.
Me: It’s a country in Asia.
Students: You mean in China?
Me: China is a country. Asia is a continent. Nepal is a country in Asia south of China.
Students: *blank stares*