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American Students Do Not Know Enough About Geography

Do you know what causes an earthquake? Or where the American Southwest is? Well, if you do, you have a much better grasp on geography than most eight graders in this country, according to a new report.

The report, which was created from the results of the 2010 National Assessment of Education Progress test,  said that fewer than one-third of American students are considered proficient in geography. High school seniors scored, on average, 56.4 percent on this test. This is unfortunate for our nation because it shows that students are not being prepared to work in a global workforce.

“Geography is not just about maps,” said David Driscoll, the chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board. “It is a rich and varied disciple that, now more than ever, is vital to understanding the connections between our global economy, environment, and diverse cultures.”

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William and Kate Receive Scholarship in Their Honor

Forget the blender or fine china: Prince William and Kate Middleton received an early wedding gift fit only for royalty. The Scottish university where the couple met will honor them with a scholarship in their name.

Last Friday, The University of St. Andrews presented the scholarship in their honor when the couple visited its 600th anniversary fund-raising campaign.

“This will be the first scholarship of its kind at St. Andrews and a reflection of this university’s commitment to ensure that we find, attract and support the most gifted students from anywhere in the world,” said Louise Richardson, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor.

Though the scholarship has not yet been given an official name, it will be worth up to 70,000 pounds, or roughly $115,000. The award will help pay for tuition and living expenses for four years.

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