It is sad that geography is not a required subject in the US. I had a student a few years ago, a man in his 30s, tell me that an exam I was giving was unfair. I couldn’t imagine what he was talking about, there were no trick questions. He furiously told me that I never taught him where Europe was. It was all I could do not to burst out laughing. How could anyone not know where Europe was? I kept my composure and explain my classes are at the university level, not seventh grade, and that I will not teach what you didn’t want to know twenty years ago. I’m sure he gave me a negative evaluation for being too hard and that’s ok. I still laugh at the absurdity of the question.
I cannot change US educational policy but I can offer information to help those who want to learn a bit more about our world. I hope that reading these posts on geography you will not only learn more about our world but also more about what geography really is because it’s not what you experienced in school. It is a broad, diverse, and engaging subject that can be found in every area of our lives.
So stop memorizing those state capitols and delve into the depth and breadth that is geography.
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