I have travelled the world and found that most nations have dullards.
On average, lack of knowledge and education can be broken down in to social class (on average). Not the class you are borne with but the one that an American chooses to pursue. On average if someone in the US pursues a higher education and if they are successful the income opportunites enable them to travel, etc. If you tested this group of Americans you may be surprised at their world ranking in education and knowledge of the world.
When I travel to Germany I hear about how Americans don't know much about the world. They then speak about Italy, France and potentially something in the headlines about Myanmar. In the conversations I'll often hear uneducated comments about Asia, Mexico, or the US. As I have travelled through Europe I also hear small minded comments about countries like Mexico or comments about how Japan makes cheap products... Really I've heard some very ignorant comments come from supposedly superior intellects in Europe. My point is that if you meet enough people in any country you can watch them call Americans dumb while you can clearly see that they have their own lack of education and knowledge of the world.
If you measure the average, a socialist country could easily have higher averages however you may also find that this average is far below the subset of Americans who have been exposed to a higher education.
If you made the comment, "Some Americans are so dumb" I would agree or "There are a lot of dumb people in America" I would agree. I would not however, look down on an American when meeting them because they may be extremely educated, well travelled and potentially more knowledgeable about the world than yourself. Generalisations are always dangerous.
Last edited by Still Growing; 05-30-2008 at 01:21 PM.