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Education Around the World

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"A glimpse inside the life of students from Senegal to Vietnam and China."


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What does this do to your ethnocentric beliefs?

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Tony Hall's curator insight, March 11, 2013 5:48 PM

Little bit different to my school:)

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 1:57 PM

Students in China take their college entrance exam lasting 9hours. To prevent cheating they all take it at the same time with 1,200 in an exam hall. In Guangdong province, on July 9, 2007. 


Alicia Grace Lawson O'Brien's curator insight, July 16, 12:07 PM

This picture is amazing to me! It is so difficult to think about how different education looks in other countries.

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▶ How Many Countries Are There? - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/1p2m6g/how_many_countries_are_there/ Help support videos like this: http://www.cgpgrey.com/subba...
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state or not a state? Good for the Political unint

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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 12:24 PM

What constitutes a "state?"  Watch this video and make a determination.

Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 10:10 AM

Country or not?? Interesting/confusing question! 

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National Geographic: Eye in the Sky--Overpopulation

National Geographic photographs and video clips show evidence of overpopulation on Earth and methods to help control it.

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Here's One Big Thing You Can Do For A Greener Diet

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A new study on the environmental burdens of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy and plant products finds that beef is by far the worst offender.

According to the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a prominent ...
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Are we willing to break the beef habit

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Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future

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Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story.
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Core countries "mass consumption" and desire for cheap goods may help pull Africa forward.

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▶ 7 Billion: Are You Typical? -- National Geographic Magazine - YouTube

Learn more about population: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion To coincide with the arrival of the world's 7 billionth person on October 31, 2011, ...
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Intro population unit

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MacGyver - How to use a map - YouTube

And we thought maps could only be used to find your way ;-) Tip: add &fmt=22 behind the URL for the correct frame rate!
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A good map will always get you where you want to go.

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What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

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A new website lets you find out.
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Urbanization and night light. 

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The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030

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New York, Osaka, and Sao Paulo won't even make the top 10.
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Good article for the Urban Unit. Mega cities of the world are growing in Asia and Africa as some MDC are seeing a decline in population and more slowly growing cities.

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Donut Holes in Law of the Sea

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This includes the conflicting claims of Korea and Japan over the Dokdo Islands. 

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Harnessing the Demographic Dividend

The ENGAGE Presentation, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend," aims to improve understanding of the demographic dividend, what it takes to realize that dividend, and the potential for the countries of sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the demographic dividend and associated economic growth.
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The Demographic Dividend, slowing population with fewer children and more workers provide a window of opportunity for development.

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NOVA | Human Numbers Through Time

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Examine global population growth over the past two millennia, and see what's coming in the next 50 years.
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Good visual on population growth over time

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Map: Here's how much every country spends on food

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Americans spend 7% of their budget on food. Pakistanis spend 47%.
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And we think food is expensive. 

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Why China Will Reclaim Siberia - NYTimes.com

Why China Will Reclaim Siberia - NYTimes.com | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering. By Frank Jacobs.
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Population control: Is it a tool of the rich?

Population control: Is it a tool of the rich? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
As the world population reaches seven billion people, the BBC's Mike Gallagher charts ideals and the criticisms of population control campaigns over the past 50 years.

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Populations on the increase or decline, who controls it?

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Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 6:24 PM

This article is saying that the rich or those in power use population control as a tool to keep their wealth and the reign of power. They figure if they can control the birthrate of the country or monitor the population within a country they can still remain in control.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

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  If you're a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this c...
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Several of these are very telling

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Shift to 'Food Insecurity' Creates Startling New Picture of Hunger in America | Nat Geo Food

Shift to 'Food Insecurity' Creates Startling New Picture of Hunger in America | Nat Geo Food | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Modern hunger in America shows what has—and hasn't-changed since 1968.
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Looks like we cant expect things to always move forward

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Worldometers - real time world statistics

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Live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health.
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Check this out. you can see the changes in population in real time

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The Habitable Planet - Disease Lab - Help

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Contagious diffusion

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The New Scramble for Africa

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Thought colonialism was over? Our new interactive infographic shows how corporations like Monsanto are scrambling to carve up Africa's food system: http://wdm.li/newscramble
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Ah times change, but motives do not.

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Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers
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Miami May be first, but if climate chane IS real the rest of most of Florida won't be far behind. 

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‘China’s Second Continent,’ by Howard W. French

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More than a million Chinese pioneers have built new lives in Africa.
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Imperialism? investment?  Opportunity ? For  Chinese? For Africa?

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Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate

Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
What parts of the world should rethink their maps? Why and how?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 7, 8:28 AM

Maps are always changing as a new nation gets added and old lines cease to make sense. Territory is claimed and reclaimed.  This series of seven articles in the New York Times explores regional examples of how borders impacts places from a variety of scholarly perspectives.  Together, these article challenge student to reconsider the world map and to conceptualize conflicts within a spatial context.

 

Tags: bordersmapping, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, July 16, 7:53 AM

WOW, some really interesting thoughtdebate points here! very very unit 4

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ENGAGE Snapshot: Changing Population Age Structure

Using examples from Thailand and Rwanda, this PRB ENGAGE Snapshot illustrates changing population age structure using population pyramids.
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Excellent intro by PRB on demographic structure and population policy using Rwanda and Thailand

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China publishes new map

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China has published a new map of the entire country including the islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) in order to "better show" its territorial claim over the region.

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It seems that claims are often made to reinforce political claims. conflicting claims are difficult to resolve 

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Susan Kelly's curator insight, July 6, 6:22 PM

Seems like using a wikipedia entry to validate these claims.

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 7, 9:59 AM

Great for geographical discussions on why maps are important, how maps are used, etc.   

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, July 22, 7:27 AM

Completando...

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Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan

Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots.
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Hotelling

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This Is the Traffic Capital of the World

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There are only 650 major intersections here—but somehow only 60 traffic lights.

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Teresa Gallego Navarro's curator insight, July 7, 3:43 AM

¿movilidad urbana?  -¿algo habrá que gestionar aquí?

 

Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, July 7, 7:45 AM

seth dixon:This is an excellent article to explore some of the problems confronting megacities.

Jade ten Kate's curator insight, July 9, 10:01 PM

Megacities