Tuesday, January 15, 2013

LACK OF GEOGRAPHICAL KNOWLEDGE IS DISTURBING


Add Geography to the list of subjects that post-secondary students struggle with after graduating from high school.

A Memorial University Sociology professor says the results of an elementary world geography test surprised her. 

 She told CBC news that “"The results were really mind-opening to me”

She gave her class a pop quiz  asking them to identify the continents and oceans. The results have convinced her that the secondary system has dropped the ball on geography lessons.

As a youth, I could locate the bulk of the world's nations on a map, name the capitals and the leadership.I admit to being a bit of a nerd in school, but simple things like the continents, capital cities, countries and the oceans should be known to every high school student. 

This story is disturbing stuff.   

It would appear that as the world shrinks, so does our knowledge of it. 

Geography is much more than knowing where places are. Knowing our planet’s geography helps us appreciate and understand the diversity that exists on earth. Geography impacts culture, economics and climate.

The tools used in studying geography extend beyond maps to statistics, math, graphs, pictures, images, journals, & histories. We live in a complex world; geography helps introduce us to other communities.

It is disturbing to learn that some of our post-secondary students cannot read maps or locate important landmasses or water bodies. 
It is an embarrassment!

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