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Scripps Howard News ServiceWhich of these places was Columbus hoping to reach when he discovered the New World - Africa, Asia, Europe, North America or South America? The reader who correctly answers "Asia" has done better than 52 percent of American adults recently surveyed by the National Geographic Society.

The United States was the only nation in which young adults proved more ignorant than those over 55. Despite the educational establishment's boastful rhetoric, school reform clearly still has a long way to go.