I am dismayed at the lack of geographic knowledge in the United States and the indifference of educators to teach about our global community. Whether it is cultural geography, globalization or my favorite – physical geography we need to understand the world we live in. As Jack Hanna said “you can’t love something you don’t understand and you can’t care for something you don’t love”. We need to care for this earth both the physical environment and all its inhabitants.
My frustration with geographic ignorance goes back to my own teaching career when a student said “this exam is unfair because you didn’t tell us where Europe is.” I see it as pathetic now but then it just angered me. How could anyone get into a university and not know where Europe was.
Since then there have been many such instances where people are ignorant about their world. I’ve personally experienced such ignorance going back more than 35 years. When I moved from New England to the Midwest to attend college I told people I was from Cape Cod. I was shocked to hear such questions as: “what country is that in”, “Is that the capital of Boston?”, “Are you fluent in English”? Another occasion, a friend moved to the Midwest from Puerto Rico, he was asked crazy things like “how long did it take to drive here?” and “your black, why are you speaking Spanish”. I even had a teacher tell me Puerto Ricans aren’t US citizens, yikes! Yes I could go on and on.
So to help those unfortunate souls who were disadvantaged in school I’m offering mini geography lessons called the “Geography Quiz”. I hope you will find these posts fun as well as informative.
What is the largest prehistoric earthwork in North America?
Monk’s Mound is part of the Cahokia Mounds complex in Illinois and is the largest earthen mound in the world. The base of the mound is roughly the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Archaeologists believe the on top of the mound was the home of the society’s royal leaders. Cahokia was occupied from about 900A.D. to 1300A.D.
**To get perspective on the size of Monk’s Mound, notice the car at the base of the mound.
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana was established March 1, 1872. The park gets its name for the yellow rock of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Yellowstone is known for its varied geologic and geographic features, wildlife and has the largest concentration of geothermal features.