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Schools downplaying geography lessons

Schools downplaying geography lessons | Geo152 | Scoop.it

The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd takes a look at the National Geographic Bee and talks with host of the bee and of Jeopardy, Alex Trebek. Trebeck tells Todd that Americans are woefully ignorant when it comes to geography.


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This is what ive been saying forever! Schools are leaving Geography out! Lets bring out some fun exciting Geography lessons (e.g. Geocaching, Find the box, geography posters, water testing, daily weather checks, even as simple as what to wear today for K-2nd.) Geography is coming back in Mrs. Jessica's Class ASAP!

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Magnus Gustafsson's comment, June 12, 2013 3:27 PM
In Sweden we have the same discussion about geography in school. It´s easy to learn fact about countries but not so easy to develop the spatial thinking skills.
Joe Andrade's curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:51 PM

Alex Trebek explains the importnace of geography. Its not all about memorizing where things are, its understanding how and why location has such an impact on history, economy and politics.

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Canada Census 2011: The cities leading Canada's population boom

Canada Census 2011: The cities leading Canada's population boom | Geo152 | Scoop.it
Some cities and towns are growing faster than others. We look at which places and Canada are gaining the most people
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Canada: Nation continues as growing breeding ground for malware

Canada: Nation continues as growing breeding ground for malware | Geo152 | Scoop.it
The incidence of hosting phishing sites has decreased over the past year, but attackers still are finding Canada to be fertile ground to launch attacks, according to an annual report by Websense.

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The Educated Traveler Blog | Educational Travel Resource for Teachers - Los Días de los Muertos - A Time to Remember

The Educated Traveler Blog | Educational Travel Resource for Teachers - Los Días de los Muertos - A Time to Remember | Geo152 | Scoop.it
The Educated Traveler is a powerful teaching resource providing travel-inspired lessons, educational travel planning tips, local features and much more!

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Tanzania: ‘Stop Thomson Safari’ and ‘Stop the Serengeti… · News · Minority Voices Newsroom

Tanzania: ‘Stop Thomson Safari’ and ‘Stop the Serengeti… · News · Minority Voices Newsroom | Geo152 | Scoop.it
Minority voices newsroom; (RT @MinorityRights: Support #Maasai land rights in #Tanzania and stop land grabbing by signing up to these two campaigns http://t.co/XZToqyMO @stopthomson...)...

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Foreign Corporations Destroying Indigenous Livelihoods, Nullifying Land Rights - Creating Dependency and Poverty on Global Scale

Published on May 22, 2013

VIDEO: HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT - http://www.hrw.org/node/115802

Many local indigenous people "resettled" to make way for Vale and Rio Tinto's international coal mining operations in Tete province, Mozambique farmers no longer have access to arable land for farming, or other ways to make a living. ...

 

THE BUSHMEN OF THE CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE - BOTSWANA GENOCIDE http://sco.lt/5Vb0gj

 

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ETHOPIA - LOCAL TRIBES UNDER THREAT FROM FOREIGN LAND GRAB "INVESTMENTS" - LIVELIHOODS AND LAND RIGHTS STRIPPED AWAY http://sco.lt/4kFdrd

 

LAND GRAB COULD SPELL THE END OF THE MASSAI AND THE SERENGETI http://sco.lt/7fjscz

 

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"LAND RUSH" = WHY POVERTY? THE UGLY RISE OF MONOCULTURE FARMING AND GLOBALIZED FOOD  http://sco.lt/7WPptB

 

LAND GRABS: HOW FOREIGN "INVESTMENTS" ARE REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH, LAND AND WATER RIGHTS ACROSS THE GLOBE  http://sco.lt/96H2yv

 

PHILIPPINES: OIL PALM EXPANSION IS TEARING APART INDIGENOUS PEOPLES LIVES, ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/6JKRxB

 

June 22, 2013 Spring Returning
PANAMA: "They lied to us" Pristine #indigenous coastal land in #Panama sold to foreign developers http://www.springreturning.com/indigenous-land-sold-to-developers/

 

June 24, 2013 Farmlandgrab.org
EUROPEAN "INVESTMENTS" ASSIST PALM OIL LANDGRABS IN LIBERIA
http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/22248

 

June 17, 2013 Guardian Global Development - John Vidal
LA VIA CAMPESINA, WORLD'S LARGEST POLITICAL MOVEMENT,  TO CHALLENGE MULTI-NATIONALS ON POVERTY AND INEQUALITY, LAND GRABS AND DEFORESTATION

'"We have no choice but to change the system"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jun/17/la-via-campesina-henry-saragih?CMP=EMCGBLEML1625

 

ENOUGHNESS:  WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY  http://sco.lt/6EFbPt

 

 

 

THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM. DESTRUCTION OF PLANETARY LIFE, INDIGENOUS LAND AND LIVELIHOODS IN THE NAME OF "GROWTH"  http://sco.lt/5nT3OT

 

GRAIN — LAND GRABBING FOR BIOFUELS MUST STOP  http://sco.lt/7LE5cv

 

MINING, FOREIGN LAND GRABS ENDANGERING LOCAL COMMUNITIES, ENVIRONMENT AND ECOSYSTEMS http://sco.lt/5M5eLp

 

CANADIAN MINING COMPANY WORKING WITH INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT AND #REDD TO STRIP FOREST OF PROTECTED STATUS AND INDIGENOUS LAND RIGHTS http://sco.lt/7T4gfR

 

“SUSTAINABLE" PALM OIL SHOULD NOT DRIVE DEFORESTATION http://sco.lt/7N5vU1

 

CAN UN-REDD EVER BECOME GREEN"? Carbon and Forest Ecocide http://sco.lt/6uQmif

 

MASSIVE PALM OIL PLANTATION WILL "CUT THE HEART OUT" OF CAMEROON'S RAINFOREST, DESTROY INDIGENOUS AND WILDLIFE HABITAT  http://sco.lt/8lmMBF

 

DAMS, ECOCIDE AND WATER RIGHTS: INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, ECOSYSTEMS, FORESTS DEVASTATED  http://sco.

 

FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF 'FEAST OR FAMINE' - BIG CORPORATE BIOTECH AG IS NOT THE ANSWER http://sco.lt/8q2M41GRAIN

 

LAND GRABBING FOR BIOFUELS MUST STOP http://sco.lt/7LE5cv

 

ERADICATING ECOCIDE AND GENOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/56vkOH

 

 


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CineversityTV's curator insight, July 29, 2013 9:46 AM

the greed company @work aka Forbes 500.

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, January 28, 2016 5:20 AM

You can be back door screwed by the government and just not know it,  as there is no requirement for public disclosure.  The government have areas that we don't even think of as being part of the government because they do not have government names and some are government owned or affiliated but back door screwed by the government is a lasting experience. 

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Mara Orders Herders Out of Serengeti Park in Tanzania| glObserver Global Economics

Mara Orders Herders Out of Serengeti Park in Tanzania| glObserver Global Economics | Geo152 | Scoop.it
MARA Regional Authorities have ordered herders who set up temporary shelters within the northern fringes of the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) to move out of the park within seven days.

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How to drink, dance and shop like a local in Asia - NEWS.com.au

How to drink, dance and shop like a local in Asia - NEWS.com.au | Geo152 | Scoop.it
How to drink, dance and shop like a local in Asia
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... Road is a cosmopolitan collection of bars and Knutsford Terrace is known for a lively night-life scene. Photos: permission to use from Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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Russian climate, climate of Russia

Russian climate, climate of Russia | Geo152 | Scoop.it

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So much to learn about Russia...

 

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The Great Euro Crisis (BBC Documentary)

Self-confessed Eurosceptic Michael Portillo visits debt-stricken Greece. He believes that the euro crisis must have shaken the Greeks' faith in Europe's single currency and wonders if there'll be a desire to revert to the free-floating drachma. In Athens he meets everyone from a destitute young family to the former finance minister and the outgoing Prime Minister, and is surprised by some of their answers.

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Russia Hopes Climate Change Maximizes Arctic Shipping

Russia Hopes Climate Change Maximizes Arctic Shipping | Geo152 | Scoop.it
US experts predict cargo volumes will increase this decade by more than 50 times from this year’s level as Arctic ice meltdown seemingly accelerates...

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Euro Crisis is Just Beginning, Global Collapse is Coming

The economic collapse that is coming will be global. What we're seeing in Europe is just the beginning. Follow us on Facebook:     http://facebook.com/StormC...
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WKYT Investigates: Polluting the Big Sandy

WKYT Investigates: Polluting the Big Sandy | Geo152 | Scoop.it
He came to WKYT to apologize.
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Introduced to this by a fellow classmate named Tinsley Carter.

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William Pattison - 4 Traditions of Geography

This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  

 

Tags: Geography Education, Geography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples


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NIce explaination of the four traditions breaks it down well on page 3

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 9:02 AM

This article (download here) is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  

 

Tags: Geography Education, Geography.

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Great for Unit 2: Part 1

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Homeless in the Homeland:A Growing Problem For Indigenous People in Canada's North

Homeless in the Homeland:A Growing Problem For Indigenous People in Canada's North | Geo152 | Scoop.it

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By Frances Abele, Nick Falvo and Arlene Haché*

Homeless in the Homeland:
A Growing Problem For Indigenous People in Canada's North
By Frances Abele, Nick Falvo and Arlene Haché* **

Today, homelessness and inadequate housing in northern Canada disproportionately afflicts Indigenous people. (1) This is a striking fact in a region where Indigenous people lived very independently (though of course not autarkicly) until the second half of the twentieth century. In the years since then both economic development and state initiatives have transformed their lives.

Speaking to a public inquiry in the 1970s, Charlie Snowshoe explained the consequences of federal northern development for himself and his community: (2)

...when they started coming in with these low rental housing and welfare. The people, the native people of the north, were independent until you brought in that low rental housing, and that's where we first got sucked into that business. They subsidized the oil, the gas, taking our own houses away from us, moving us from where we used to be, where we could cut wood for ourselves in town. I was one of them. Today I am sorry. I was sorry long ago, but right now if I move out of that house, I don't know where else I have to go to.

....The only thing I can say is that change in life sort of crept upon us and we are realizing now what we got into. At the time, everything was changing, and I used to say we were sleeping at the time government stepped over us. But we weren't sleeping. We were our living in the bush and didn't know what was going on in the community....

Although it is important to remember that the Canadian North is an enormous geographical area (half the size of Australia) ―with significant cultural and historical diversity― we believe that Indigenous people in many parts of the north would recognize aspects of their experience in these words of Charlie Snowshoe.

In the years since Mr. Snowshoe spoke, much has changed. Dene, Métis, Inuit and the other Indigenous peoples of the Canadian northlands have organized successfully to bring about a major transformation in economic and political power structures. They have moved from the margins of decision-making to the centre. Over the last thirty years, they have negotiated new treaties with the Crown, established various forms of Indigenous governments, and transformed territorial governing institutions. In each of Canada's three northern territories, Indigenous individuals are political and economic leaders, and many others are in positions of influence in organizations, actively working towards positive change. (3)

But if there are important political and economic gains, the social transformation is far from complete. The legacy of cultural disruption and decades of undemocratic administration survives in higher rates of suicide, lower educational attainment, higher unemployment and higher rates of homelessness, among other indicators of broad social distress in Indigenous communities. Inequality within Indigenous societies is growing.

In many ways, housing is at the centre of the processes that sustain social distress. Lack of housing alternatives traps women and children in unsafe and stressful situations. (4) For example, in the Statistics Canada Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends 2006 it was reported that 12% of adult residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) had experienced violence by a spousal partner as compared to 7% in other jurisdictions. There are just five family violence shelters in the NWT to serve all 33 communities and 80% of the women who use the services are Indigenous. Many women have to leave their home communities to find shelter accommodation, because most of the smaller communities do not have such facilities. With the lack of housing, trauma treatment programs and other supports needed to leave an abusive relationship permanently, many end up returning to their home community and their relationships.

Lack of housing of course also affects men. Christensen's work in Inuvik and Yellowknife displays the ways in which the monopolized private housing market and inadequate public housing provisions marginalize and trap working age men. Men who are attempting to recover from addictions are unable to find suitable, private accommodation, where they will not be exposed to destructive behaviour. Men without this problem may be "between jobs" in the volatile, resource-based economy, unable to qualify for adequate supported housing or to afford the high costs of private rentals. (5)

There is a need for further research on the sources of today's problems and on effective ameliorative measures, but two things seem clear:

(1) there is a problem of adequacy --there are not enough shelters, beds, and other measures to provide relief; and
(2) the role of the state and state programs in creating current difficulties must be recognized.

A full range of social welfare programs were introduced in Canada’s North soon after they became available in the south. (6) In 1944, Canada had brought in a cash-benefits system for Canadian children, and in 1951, it introduced a universal old age pension system. In 1956, the Canadian government brought in an unemployment-insurance system. And in the years that followed, the federal government began playing a greater role with respect to both health insurance and social assistance.

These programs were being devised for Canada as a whole just as southern Canadian decision-makers and members of the public became aware of certain areas of distress in northern societies, most due to earlier contact with outsiders. For example, there were serious epidemics of influenza, measles, tuberculosis and other diseases. While in earlier periods of Canadian development, these health problems had stimulated little response, in the period of active state policies following the Second World War, intervention seemed mandatory.

Delivery of services to the widely distributed northern Indigenous peoples who lived in a territory covering over one million square kilometers was challenging. It was soon determined by decision-makers in the federal government that settlement of Indigenous peoples into communities should be encouraged in to make education and health services available to the population.(7) Housing was provided. The housing was rudimentary and expensive and furthermore, it entailed a sort of money trap: people who had heretofore built and maintained their own shelter were ever after expected to pay cash rent. These are the origins of a system of public housing that still exists in most of the over 100 smaller, predominantly Aboriginal communities in Canada’s North.


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The Long-Term Effects of Colonization in the Americas

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HyperHistory offers accurate history essays with biblical perspective.
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The Ten Most Important Events in the History of Latin America

The Ten Most Important Events in the History of Latin America | Geo152 | Scoop.it
Latin America has always been shaped by events: wars, rebellions, invasions and more. Which have been the most important? My top ten are based on international and domestic impact.
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Serengeti Highway Compromise Proposed by Famed Scientist

Serengeti Highway Compromise Proposed by Famed Scientist | Geo152 | Scoop.it
Scientist Richard Leakey said the road could allow safe passage of wildlife.

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Marcus Clarke's curator insight, May 16, 2013 12:12 PM

It is this kind of out of the box thinking that we need to halt the inevitable destruction of wild places in pursuit of economic development.


We in the West largely failed to save our wildlife and critics argue it is unfair of us to ask nations to hold back to save pretty places and beautiful animals. By encouraging projects such as this we are supporting both development and wildlife.


The proviso is that we do not allow compromises in the design and implementation by making it a condition of raising the additional funds. A small tollover the next few decades would likely make a massive contribution to hte funding.

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Snapshot Serengeti

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This is a wonderful citizen science project where users are asked to classify animals on the Serengeti from camera traps to help real scientists survey and track populations of important and endangered wildlife.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Science


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Think of what the serengeti highway would do to these animals.

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The Arts | Asia Education Foundation

The Arts | Asia Education Foundation | Geo152 | Scoop.it

A range of units of work explore Asia through dance, drama, music, media arts and visual arts


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Could be useful in showing the culture of Asia in my classroom

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, May 16, 2013 11:36 AM

Some very creatives ideas to integrate The Arts with AC Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

Darren Smith's curator insight, May 22, 2014 11:26 PM

An innovative way to access the AC

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How does the Euro Crisis Affect Travel to Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Ireland?

How does the Euro Crisis Affect Travel to Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Ireland? | Geo152 | Scoop.it
Greece has been the focal point of the euro crisis, but attention is turning to Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Ireland. How will their struggles affect travel to Europe in the coming months?

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Climate change creates new opportunities, risks in Russia's north - World - CBC News

Climate change creates new opportunities, risks in Russia's north - World - CBC News | Geo152 | Scoop.it
While retreating ice facilitates Russia's plans to drill offshore for oil and gas in the Arctic, the record of this pioneer in Arctic development spurs opposition to those plans.

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Should the euro zone be dissolved? | TIME.com

Should the euro zone be dissolved? | TIME.com | Geo152 | Scoop.it
I was reading the ever-fascinating Martin Wolf in The Financial Times the other day as he bluntly laid out the stark choices facing Europe’s great experiment with the euro: The eurozone, as designed, has failed.
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Ways to help the Euro and should it be omitted?

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Debt crisis shrinks international use of euro; dollar holds steady

Debt crisis shrinks international use of euro; dollar holds steady | Geo152 | Scoop.it
International use of the euro slipped last year because of the debt crisis in Europe, while the U.S. dollar held its own as the world's leading currency for reserves held by central banks.

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William Pattison - 4 Traditions of Geography | Geography Education via APHumanGeog

William Pattison - 4 Traditions of Geography | Geography Education via APHumanGeog | Geo152 | Scoop.it
This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.

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Aaron Feliciano's comment, September 12, 2012 5:26 PM
we should do this in class!
Dylan Curran's comment, September 12, 2012 10:23 PM
this looks cool and i want to try it sometime. My orange looked bad enough.
sriddle geo's curator insight, July 8, 2014 8:57 AM

I was looking for something more on William Pattison.  I find it interesting that his article from the 1960's is still completely relevant today.