I was reading the New York Times weather forecast page in my hotel room in Los Angeles on Saturday and looked at the list of Asia / Pacific cities and realized I had absolutely no idea where the first city on the list, Almaty, was located. I did much better with the rest of the list, with only Dhaka being unfamiliar. I'm an educated and fairly well-traveled person, but when I look at a globe I see vast swaths of the planet that I know very little about. There's always more to learn in a lifetime.
There's an excellent Ambrose Beirce quote that goes something like "War is God's way of teaching Americans geography." I think it's unfortunate that the education system isn't the way of teaching Americans geography, but if I was given a blank map of Africa and told to fill in the countries, I don't think I'd get a passing grade -- and I've even been to Africa.
I'm going to spend more time spinning the globe and putting my finger down in random places and see if I can educate myself about geography in February.