National Geographic defines geography as “more than places on a map. It's global connections and incredible creatures. It's people and cultures, economics and politics. And it's essential to understanding our interconnected world.” We couldn’t agree more.
The sad truth is – today’s children are not getting enough geography. A National Geographic-Roper survey indicated that a full half of America’s children cannot find major world powers like Japan and India on a map. Twenty percent couldn’t even find the Pacific Ocean! More kids knew where the TV show CSI was set than could find Iraq on a map. The survey showed that too many young Americans have a limited understanding of the world.
Geographic literacy is more than knowing state capitals. It's understanding –
- how people and places interact
- where things come from
- where we're going.
Without geography, our young people are unprepared for an increasingly global future.