Is Learning Geography Still Relevant?
by Ned Bustard
I came across a video of a man-on-the-street interviewing Americans for an Australian television show. He showed them pictures of Big Ben, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, Mount Rushmore, and the Sydney Opera House. He was then able to convince them that all these landmarks were in Australia. (It turns out that the Mount Rushmore you think you saw on your road trip across the U.S. was, in fact, a copy.)
Watching this video inspired me to search for more like it, and it seems that making “Stupid Americans” videos is all the rage. And if we think about it, we all have family members who would do miserably in an on-air geography questionnaire. And possibly, those family members are not even remote extended family members. The reason for this is that teaching geography isn’t high on the lists of important subjects that folks are urging their education administrators to cover. Math, science, English . . . even gym class ranks higher than geography.
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Guy Platter, the new Superintendent of Veritas Press Scholars Academy, has a huge commitment to and love for classical education. Before accepting the position at VPSA, he served as Supervisor of Instructional Services for Indiana's Glenview school district, and was founding Principal of Imagine School of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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