Toward a Geography of Geography in the Curriculum
Dear Abby: When a letter comes back from the post office twice with a notation informing the sender that mail to Kansas requires Canadian postage, it is not merely a "gaffe" but a symptom of a more serious problem-- national ignorance of geography and history.
As an international trade lawyer, I have had letters to Hong Kong returned after being routed to Guatemala.
Telephone operators have asked me what state Ottawa is in, where in China Singapore is, and in which part of Yugoslavia Dusseldorf is located.
When postal workers think Kansas is in Canada and Hong Kong is in Guatemala, it's time to take a serious look at education in this country.
M.A.C. in D.C.
Dear M.A.C.: You're singing my song.
Los Angeles Times, February 2, 1993
Michael Jordan was a geography major at North Carolina. Said Jordan: "I knew that I would be going places, and I just wanted to know where I was when I got there."
Los Angeles Times, November 12, 1992
Potentially, since we are surrounded by and live within a spatial environment, geography is everywhere. However, as human activity increasingly alters and makes more artificial this "home of man," the underlying reality of the physical and natural world becomes more difficulty to see, understand, and ultimately appreciate. This transformation, as represented by the asphalt jungles of urban
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Publication information: Book title: The History, Psychology, and Pedagogy of Geographic Literacy. Contributors: Malcolm P. Douglass - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 119.
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