Sn330, modest, ain't ya?
What's the language spoken in Wales? How about Scotland?? What is the currency of Ireland other than the €? How about the currency in Austria? (again other than the €?)
Americans on the whole tend to know what they are taught. What we are taught we retain, so if we're not taught it or learn in, then we don't know it. People such as Iainhol get to make opinions as they have lived on both sides of that large cold stretch of water. But it is true that we are not taught much about foreign affairs. The British are taught much more about stuff that goes on in the world... largely because in Britain there are contacts with the entire world thru their history.
The British education system up to age 18 is generally regarded as the best in the world, and I think most people would agree with that.. (that is, without forking out $50k a year to send your kid to private school) the US schools are not a patch on their transatlantic counterparts. However, the Colleges in the US are every bit as good as those in the UK. (Altho I guess I would say that as I am at one in the US.... having gone to school in England for eleven years.)
I would rank Canada, the US and UK as the top places to live in this world, if you speak English, (or Spanish) and probably Germany and Italy if you don't. (but I have never been to either Germany or Italy)
Anyway, sn330, just remember, you regard yourself as 'worldly' but there are people out there from outside of the US, namely our better educated, but albeit socialist, cousins in Europe, (maybe there's a link there, but if there is, I don't want to know about it!!!
) who know a whole lot more about this world that we do here in the US. We are, ultimately, and always have been, insular
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