Global Geography

An interesting article on the poor global geography knowledge of students from Canada.

Do we do any better in the UK ? 
What part should this sort of 'core' knowledge play in our curriculum ?
How significant will it be in the new specifications and curricula that emerge, hopefully soon, from the DfE ?

"Basic geography allows us to locate where we are in the world. It gives us a sense of time, and space, and scope, and, alas, Canadian students at MUN appear too spaced out to notice that the ocean they are perched on is the Atlantic."