Geography Education

Gee wiz…just what are the kids learning in school? Seems that nothing of importance is being taught anymore!

A new bill in Congress seeks to improve geography literacy in U.S. public schools. The Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act would provide authority for the Department of Education to make grants to schools that want to improve their geography curricula, teacher training, and instructional materials.
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, who introduced the bill last week, says more federal support is needed to provide students with a better understanding of the world as it exists today. “Americans are less and less able to pinpoint where different countries are located and what their interests are,” he says.

This kind of information is important, Cochran asserts, perhaps now more than ever. “In this global economy and the fact that we’re in this global war on terror,” he says, “it just occurs to me that we need to encourage the teaching of geography so people are more familiar with what the world is like and what people of different countries’ attitudes are.”

The Mississippi senator notes that the lack of adequate geographic knowledge is a widespread problem in America. “Only seven percent of our nation’s fourth graders are taught by teachers who have specific background in education in geography,” he says. "Even the teachers are deficient in education in this area."

Also, Cochran points out, in the U.S. “only about 25 percent of high school students have completed a geography class. So the statistics are disturbing.”

The Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act would provide $15 million in federal grant money per year for five years to a nonprofit educational organization to improve the quality of students’ understanding of the subject. Co-sponsors of the legislation include Senators Conrad Burns of Montana, Ted Stevens of Alaska, John Warner of Virginia, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut
.headlines.agapepress.org/archive/7/182005e.asp

Helloooooo… Europes over here!!!

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[quote=walstan]Helloooooo… Europes over here!!!

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No. Canada is over here. Europe is over there! :wink:

No. Canada is over here. Europe is over there! :wink:
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No, Europe is over there, but Canada isn’t over here. Canada is up thataways. God’s Country, just below the Cheddar Curtain, is over here.

[quote=Joseph Bilodeau]No, Europe is over there, but Canada isn’t over here. Canada is up thataways. God’s Country, just below the Cheddar Curtain, is over here.
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God’s Country may be over here. But Beer Country is where all the buddies live but you can only git there by Dodge Ram. If yer comin then bring the cheese with you. Kent git a pizza worth a darn in them parts.

They don’t even know where their dope is grown?

When I was in school, not only did we know where the Bekka valley was (Lebanon), we could tell the hash grown there from the Afghan and India variates.

And when I was in school… we actually had to know all the countries in the world and be able to label them and their capitols on a blank map. But that was also when we had teachers that taught:) . And hey Austria is a country in Europe …just north of Italy…not a Continent :bigyikes:

[quote=Karin]And when I was in school… we actually had to know all the countries in the world and be able to label them and their capitols on a blank map. But that was also when we had teachers that taught:) . And hey Austria is a country in Europe …just north of Italy…not a Continent :bigyikes:
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We had to do this in middle school–just after the USSR had dissolved. That made it sooooo hard:bigyikes:

Once again the federal government meddles in what should be a state responsibility.

[quote=Digitonomy]Once again the federal government meddles in what should be a state responsibility.
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Well the state doesn’t seem to carry much weight in some counties…

A school district in Southern California approved the “affirmation and recognition” of Ebonics into its curriculum as a way to help black students improve academic performance.

The San Bernardino Board of Education says a pilot of the policy, known as the Students Accumulating New Knowledge Optimizing Future Accomplishment Initiative, has been implemented at two city schools, according to the daily San Bernardino Sun.

wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45334

One of my grandsons attended school in California for a year or so. He was taught geography. His teacher stated that South Carolina was a backward and uneducated rural state, with the largest town having only about 5,000 inhabitants. The kid knew better, but wisely kept his mouth shut.

[quote=HagiaSophia]Well the state doesn’t seem to carry much weight in some counties…

A school district in Southern California approved the “affirmation and recognition” of Ebonics into its curriculum as a way to help black students improve academic performance.

The San Bernardino Board of Education says a pilot of the policy, known as the Students Accumulating New Knowledge Optimizing Future Accomplishment Initiative, has been implemented at two city schools, according to the daily San Bernardino Sun.

wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45334
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There is a thread on this topic Ebonics that is…
forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=64980

Hmm…wonder what the teachers think about this…The Mississippi senator notes that the lack of adequate geographic knowledge is a widespread problem in America. “Only seven percent of our nation’s fourth graders are taught by teachers who have specific background in education in geography,” he says. “Even the teachers are deficient in education in this area.”…
**or must you discuss it with your UNIONS??? **

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