I have yet to hear any compelling, much less convincing argument as to WHY this is a bad thing. Finding a country on a map is one of those "specialized" skills, sort of like calculus: unless you are an astronomer or UN diplomat, who even NEEDS to know where anything is? It is an utterly pointless thing.
This is ridiculous. Your President made the decision to go at war with countries that would dare stand in his way. And yet, a majority of Americans don't have the knowledge to be able to evaluate and judge by themselves the geopolitical and geostrategic impacts of these decisions. What kind of a democracy is that?
No wonder an infamous stateman was once candid enough to say: "Education is good, but not that much. An educated people is tougher to manipulate".
Democracy is not simply the act of drawing a little cross, in a little box, on a little piece of paper once every 4 years. Democracy means that the people is informed, know and understand the issues and the impacts of what is going on in their "City" (in the platonian acceptance of the word). That's the difference between an individual, in the sense that a single cow is also an individual, and a "citizen" (in the rousseauian acceptance of the word), that is someone who is involved in the city.
This notion that the so-called "non-practical in the short term" knowledge is not important is one key element of the anti-intellectuals and was also one of the key element of the early 20th century European fascists parties. And that's no coincidence. No one is more dangerous than the one who rejects knowledge and, therefore, advocates ignorance.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.