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The Opening of the North Korean Mind

With its expanding nuclear arsenal and penchant for provocation, North Korea is sure to remain a potential source of regional (and even global) instability for a long time to come no matter what outsiders do.
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Labor unrest in Cameroon after clashes over language discrimination

Labor unrest in Cameroon after clashes over language discrimination | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In Cameroon, unrest in minority English-speaking regions over discrimination by majority French speakers is still simmering after violent clashes with police claimed at least four lives. English-speakers have been protesting since Monday...
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Japan’s efforts to make it easier for women to work are faltering

Japan’s efforts to make it easier for women to work are faltering | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Women’s participation in the workforce is high but their status is low
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4 Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience

4 Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The future of work is all about innovation and agility. We have to be prepared for ever-changing circumstances, and that means being open to learning new things.

Learning is no longer something we just do in schools. We can't rely on just the skillset we knew when we entered the workforce--that will guarantee career stagnation.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 22, 4:52 AM

Interesting interview with 4 sound tips.

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Interesting interview with 4 sound tips.

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Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya - UN official - BBC News

Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya - UN official - BBC News | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Myanmar wants to rid the country of its Muslim minority, a senior UN official tells the BBC.
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Here’s What Your Part Of America Eats On Thanksgiving

Here’s What Your Part Of America Eats On Thanksgiving | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Thanksgiving — when we give thanks and celebrate a tale about the welcoming of foreign refugees to American shores — is once again upon us. For some, it’s a d…
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Global politics: League of nationalists | The Economist

Global politics: League of nationalists | The Economist | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
AFTER the sans culottes rose up against Louis XVI in 1789 they drew up a declaration of the universal rights of man and of the citizen. Napoleon’s Grande Armée marched not just for the glory of France but for liberty, equality and fraternity.
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Alberta, Saskatchewan turn focus to renewable energy - The Globe and Mail

Green-power developments are gearing up in the west even as Ontario cuts back on its early support for wind, solar projects
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China's Singles Day: The made-up festival - BBC News

China's Singles Day: The made-up festival - BBC News | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
China's Singles Day has become the biggest shopping bonanza in the world - but how?

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Oxford's Word of the Year for 2016 Is 'Post-Truth'

Oxford's Word of the Year for 2016 Is 'Post-Truth' | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Post-truth describes a situation in which feelings trump facts, according to Oxford

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Poppy row overshadows ‘Battle of Britain’

Poppy row overshadows ‘Battle of Britain’ | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
England face Scotland tonight on Armistice Day. FIFA rules that national teams cannot wear ‘political symbols’ but both teams are defying them to wearing poppies. Are poppies political?
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The Geography of Soccer in the US

The Geography of Soccer in the US | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
" 549 players from 62 different countries play in MLS in the United States"Seth Dixon's insight:In the United States, soccer is not as prevalant as it is in so many other countries around the world (but it is growing in importance in the United States as well).  This cultural discrepancy accounts for both of the…

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Annie's List: Men hold 80 percent of Texas lawmaking power

Annie's List: Men hold 80 percent of Texas lawmaking power | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Annie’s List, a group that tries to elect progressive, pro-choice women in Texas, sees a lacking in your Texas Legislature: "Although Texas is one of America’s largest and most diverse states, and even though men comprise 49% of...
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An economic impact of migration you might not have considered

An economic impact of migration you might not have considered | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A look at the effect of migration on foreign direct investment.
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When Borders Close

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An extraordinary period of globalization has ended. The period from World War I through World War II offers lessons for what might come next.

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The Spice Trade's Legacy

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"In its day, the spice trade was the world’s biggest industry. It established and destroyed empires and helped the Europeans (who were looking for alternate routes to the east) map the globe through their discovery of new continents. What was once tightly controlled by the Arabs for centuries was now available throughout Europe with the establishment of the Ocean Spice Trade route connecting Europe directly to South Asia (India) and South East Asia."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 17, 2:37 PM

The spice trade changed how we eat forever but it did so much more.  The fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire cut off Europe from the vital trade routes to the east and access to the most prized commodities of the day.  What drove European exploration to get around Africa and to cross the Atlantic?  It was to reshape their situation location relative to the economic networks that shaped the emerging global economy.  In essence, the spice trade reshaped the fortunes and trajectories of several major world regions.   

 

Tags: Southeast Asia, food productiondiffusionglobalization, agriculture, economicindustry, economic, historical, regions.

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Spice trade and connections with diffusion of Islam
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Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains

Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
With the sometimes competing demands of student health and academic achievement in need of balance, some administrators have struck upon a novel means of keeping students active while learning. They have brought standing desks, which have exploded in popularity in business settings, into the classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 25, 5:52 AM

Yes. I worked in an office for a while that had some standing desks and I loved them. Great to get them into schools too.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, November 25, 2:22 PM

Yes. I worked in an office for a while that had some standing desks and I loved them. Great to get them into schools too.

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How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy

How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In many ways this program asks students to do something that many adults aren’t modeling well — how to be respectful of someone with a different lived experience and opinion. The dialogue skills are particularly important when people disagree strongly.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 19, 1:34 AM

Interesting article. although I'm sceptical about Generation Global.

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Why Africa’s borders are a mess

Why Africa’s borders are a mess | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Colonial administrators drew lines on maps. The reality on the ground is quite different
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Trump & trade: a new era for globalisation

Trump & trade: a new era for globalisation | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Building walls, scrapping trade deals, making America ‘great again’ — Donald Trump’s presidency is set to be a turning point in the rebellion against globalisation. Is it worth fighting for?
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UN says 69 million teachers needed for global school pledge - BBC News

UN says 69 million teachers needed for global school pledge - BBC News | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Millions more teachers will need to be recruited around the world by 2030 if international pledges on education are to be kept, says Unesco.

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D.C. Votes Overwhelmingly To Become 51st State

D.C. Votes Overwhelmingly To Become 51st State | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
District of Columbia voters passed the referendum Tuesday with nearly 80 percent in favor. Congress, which will ultimately decide the fate of the federal district, is not expected to approve it.

 

Voters in the District of Columbia passed a measure on Tuesday in favor of petitioning Congress to become a state in the union.

79 percent of voters cast votes in favor of the ballot measure, which splits the district into a residential state with a small federal district in the middle of it for government buildings and monuments, as we have reported.

The newly approved measure had four parts:

agree that the District should be admitted to the Union as the State of New Columbiaapprove of a Constitution of the State of New Columbia to be adopted by the Councilapprove the State of New Columbia's boundariesagree that the State of New Columbia shall guarantee an elected representative form of government.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 11, 3:56 PM

Questions to Ponder: Why do the residents of the District of Columbia want to change the legal status of the District to a state?  Why might some states and politicians NOT want to see a 51st state?  What is needed in the United States to admit a new state (Puerto Rico is still a possibility to become the 51st state)?  

 

Tags: political, sovereignty, autonomy, Washington DC.

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Who controls our schools?

Unfortunately, many people today view our schools as a target for private enterprise instead of a valued public good under the control of democratic governance. When media mogul Rupert Murdoch announced in 2010 that News Corp. planned to enter the for-profit K-12 education market, he called it “a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed.” (Today that figure is more than $600 billion.) Murdoch is among a small group of billionaires—wealthy heirs, retired and active super wealthy corporate CEOs and successful businesspeople—who have been working for more than two decades to assert more private control over the nation’s
public schools.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 13, 3:13 AM

An important ebook on the creeping privatisation and private control of state schools.

Kevin Morrison's curator insight, November 13, 1:16 PM
I don't know if it is unfortunate, or even wrong to privatize our kids education? I do know that our government has done a horrible job and there defiantly needs to be change in how it works and the changes need to begin at the very core of this critical system. I think government oversight needs to be maintained, but at a level that only monitors it in order to maintain an unbiased and financially fair system of returns.

There is talk like educating our kids should not be for profit and I disagree. If we take a ten thousand foot view, we all profit from a well educated system because we all can agree that today's youths are tomorrows leaders. All we need to do is look around at how poorly our kids are being educated today to see they are not getting an education that is going to make them competitive in today's markets (let alone tomorrow's), and in fact if we keep going with the public education system as it is today we are going to be in big trouble in the not so distant future!

When you look at the 2016 election, far to many kids have been swooned by a bias education system and don't have the critical thinking knowledge to form a solid opinion and instead have been showing how unruly they can be supporting a candidate that is without a question the worst possible choice. We ask ourselves why and the answer is because they are not being taught how to be critical thinkers, government and history classes no longer teach anything that is bad or ugly for fear it may have negative impact on the kids. So they are not learning how fragile our form of government is and don't understand how easy it would be to destroy it.

I believe if k-12 was for profit we could better control what is taught and how it is taught. We could get rid of this ignorant idea that we have to treat our youth with kid gloves because they are too sensitive and might develop some mental dysfunction. The fact is with no kid left behind and this mantra that we need to protect them from the world around them by not allowing them to express themselves freely and without bias. We are creating a system where care dogs, pizza, play dough and crayons are mandatory to help them cope.