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Tuesday, May 02, 2006 

Geographic Literacy

Here is a story from Yahoo that talks about how most Americans cant read a map, or find anything on a map. I find this really appalling as I am a geographer by trade. I certainly didn't receive any geographic training until I went to college where I took my first geography course. I had some great geo professors who made me excited about the discipline. I was lucky to discover geography and be able to make a living from it. I hope that we all take this seriously as our children are lacking behind most countries in science and math (both major components of geography). If we don't do something now we are going to be in serious trouble.

It is sad. I knew people I went to school with who couldn't find New Jersey on the map... And we lived in Philly!

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