Lio, that's great that you live in the USA and have some anecdotal experience to share. I have lived in the USA, and in Bahrain, in Saudi Arabia, in South Korea, in Israel, in Turkey, in Romania, and in Russia among other places. I've traveled extensively through Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States. I've worked as an educator many of these places. If anecdotal experience means something, I've got yours beat.
Almost everyone I meet ANYWHERE believes that it's not important to know geography beyond where they are from. Europeans are dismayed that Americans don't know more about their own countries, and also believe the Europe is the center of the world. When they talk about Americans or other people not knowing more about "the rest of the world" what they usually mean is Western Europe. However...
PEOPLE are bad at geography. Not Americans.
But also, of course, you don't need to know geography to be smart. I read a story once about some guy with a PhD who didn't know Cyprus existed. If geography's not related to your area of expertise, you don't need to know it (although I'm guessing PhD students will typically know more geography than the average American). And, of course, we just had a President who apparently didn't know that India borders China and that New Mexico is a US state... so there's that.
The fact that the two most liked comments in this thread are the two most ignorant and the two that most prop-up the incorrect, bigoted stereotype being called out says a lot. Thanks for sharing, everyone else.
Some guy in Vegas said the capital of Brazil is Spain. ROFL
Yeah, everyone is bad in Geography...