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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 8:48 PM

Little bit different to my school:)

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 2014 4:57 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, 2014 3:07 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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Human Development Report 2013

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New UNHD report on the advances in the South. Very interesting.

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Could Supreme Court Decision Lead To Death Of The Gerrymander?

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More than a half-dozen other states could implement independent redistricting commissions in the wake of the court's decision Monday to uphold Arizona's commission.
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Climate change and female farmers in Botswana

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Poorer Botswana citizens struggle with increasingly unreliable rain-fed agriculture.
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Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet

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Later this summer, United Airlines will begin using fuel generated from farm waste and oil from animal fats to help power its commercial flights.
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Why eating insects makes sense

The world's population is projected to reach 11 billion by the end of the century. Feeding that many people will be a challenge, and it is further complicated by the impact of climate change on agriculture. That is why some people advocate an unusual way to boost the food supply and feed people sustainably: by eating less meat, and more insects.

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Agriculture, Food security, sustainability, Culture - Yuck factor!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 20, 10:00 AM

While it might make economic, nutritional, and environmental sense, I'm sure that many are squeamish at the idea of insects primarily because in violates many deeply engrained cultural taboos.  The main reasons listed in the video for promoting the production and consumption of more insects:

  1. Insects are healthier than meat.
  2. It is cheap (or free) to raise insects.
  3. Raising insects is more sustainable than livestock.


Questions to Ponder: Would you be willing to try eating insects?  How do you think this idea would go over with your family and friends?  What cultural barriers might slow the diffusion of this practice?    


Tagsfoodculturediffusioncultural norms, economicfood production, agriculture.

LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, June 8, 9:33 AM

When speaking of sustainability, many seek new options, new and more efficient—productively speaking—ways of exploiting resources, different types of energies to make up for the missing future expected quota. However, at not point do they seem to ask themselves what makes inefficiency be the norm, and scarcity the automatic reason to why we need more. The solution is right there, in front of our eyes, and not necessarily in the form of insects., though under the current monetary and economic paradigm, that may seem like a good option.

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Global Refugee Crisis

"This video shows you why the refugees crossing the Mediterranean by boat can't just fly to Europe."


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Population-refugee,asylum seeker, not internally displaced person. FRQ #3 2015

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 18, 2:30 PM

Not since the end of World War II have there been so many refugees seeking safety.  There are several regional hot spots of political, ethnic and religious turmoil; many are now asking how the global community should response to the worst refugee crisis in generations.


Tags: migration, political, refugees.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 19, 9:35 AM

Global population shakeup.

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Nigeria’s moment

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FIVE-and-a-half decades ago, when Nigeria elected its first government at the end of colonial rule, many expected the country to rise quickly to become Africa’s...
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Population and political units. Demographic dividend. 

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What race would you be 100 years ago, according to the US Census?

This interactive graphic shows the census categories for every decade from 1790 to today.
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Population Unit Using census data and changes in terms used on the form

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▶ The Most Complex International Borders in the World - Part 2 - YouTube

In this video I look at some of the most complex international border. Of course, there are more complex borders in the world, but this video looks at some o...
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Political Unit: Armenia/Azerbaijan (Stalin's Divide and Conquer)

Germany/Belgium and Germany/Swiss,

Disputed borders: China, India, Pakistan

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▶ Incredible Video Shows All Roads, Air, and Shipping Routes on the Entire Planet - YouTube

A week of ship traffic on the seven seas, seen from space. Get a glimpse of the vibrant lanes of goods transport that link the continents. The vessel movemen...
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Economic Unit. Trade by roads, air, shipping in 3 minutes from the Industrial Revolution to Globalization.

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▶ Worlds Biggest Ship:Emma Maersk(full documentary)HD - YouTube

Emma Mærsk is the first container ship in the E-class of eight owned by the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group. When launched in 2006 she was the largest container sh...
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Economic Unit. First 5-7 minute clip shows how and where container ships travel.

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Welcome to America’s Most Gerrymandered District

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Maryland’s 3rd congressional district, the most gerrymandered in the nation, is a Rorschach t
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Political unit. 2015 FRQ#1 Gerrymandering, redistricting, rapportionment. 

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32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World

32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Here are 32 maps will teach you something new about our diverse and interconnected planet.
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What Baby Boomers' Retirement Means For the U.S. Economy

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For decades, the retirement of the baby boom generation has been a looming economic threat. Now, it’s no longer looming -- it’s here. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65. Tha...
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Bad Maps Are Everywhere These Days. Here's How to Avoid Being Fooled

Bad Maps Are Everywhere These Days. Here's How to Avoid Being Fooled | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Tips from a geographer who's seen it all.
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Whatever happened to Psy and K-pop’s bid to conquer the world?

Whatever happened to Psy and K-pop’s bid to conquer the world? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

"K-pop sensation Psy was everywhere once but little has been heard since. What happened to him?  Having earned an estimated $55m (£36m) from his work in the West, Psy is now racking up similar amounts from the lucrative Chinese market, where his collaboration with world-class pianist Lang Lang is currently producing a run of consecutive number ones. Psy's decision to focus on the Asian music market may be an indication of where the entertainment industry turns over the highest profits for musicians."


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Pop culture - after Gangnam Style

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 4, 6:17 PM

In 2012, we were analyzing the cultural geography of a viral sensation, that seemed to fizzle out so we dismissed it as a one-hit wonder.  So often we assume that being culturally and economically viable in the West is of greatest importance, but truly savvy brands aren't sleeping on East Asian markets.  This "one-hit wonder" in the West strategically moved on to even larger markets. 


Tags: popular culture, diffusion, globalization, culture, music

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Geopolitics Are Influencing a New Urbanism in Tehran

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The Iranian capital is replacing anti-Western billboards with works of art, and welcoming new architecture by world-class designers.

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Culture, Politics, Urban Geography, all wrapped up in Iran

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40 years of human activities you can see from space

Satellites have been watching us for 40 years. Here's what their images reveal.

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Fe'iloakitau Kaho Tevi's curator insight, June 18, 5:57 PM

Amazing to see  progress and its consequences on earth...our resources and the insatiable hunger for natural resources.....when is enough, enough?

Ambre Cooper's curator insight, June 25, 4:04 PM

This is a cool little video. It even shows the level of Aral Sea we read about.

Hamdou Wane's curator insight, June 29, 7:55 AM

Satellites have been watching us for 40 years. Here's what their images reveal

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60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says - NYTimes.com

60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says - NYTimes.com | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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population Unit. Refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers. 2015 FRQ

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The deeper problems we miss when we attack ‘gentrification’

The deeper problems we miss when we attack ‘gentrification’ | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Can long-time residents and newly arrived money coexist?
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Urban unit gentrification and its implementation 

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▶ The Most Complex International Borders in the World - YouTube

In this video I look at some of the most complex international border. Of course, there are more complex borders in the world, but this video looks at some o...
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Political boundaries and borders, enclaves and exclaves, international complications of borders and colonialism

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▶ Global ship traffic seen from space - FleetMon Satellite AIS and FleetMon Explorer - YouTube

A week of ship traffic on the seven seas, seen from space. Get a glimpse of the vibrant lanes of goods transport that link the continents. The vessel movemen...
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Economic Unit, Global shipping lanes. Amazing! Thanks D. Sunset!

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Start-of-the-Year Videos

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EAT MOVE LEARN I absolutely love this three-part video collection.  They are playful clips that leads students to have more questions than answers about different places. The spirit of exploration ...
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The Global Struggle to Respond to the Worst Refugee Crisis in Generations

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Eleven million people were uprooted by violence last year. Photos and maps show the international response to what has become the worst migration crisis since World War II.
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When will we get it right. 

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The Global Struggle to Respond to the Worst Refugee Crisis in Generations

The Global Struggle to Respond to the Worst Refugee Crisis in Generations | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Eleven million people were uprooted by violence last year. Photos and maps show the international response to what has become the worst migration crisis since World War II.
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Political unit. 2015 FRQ

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