Month: January 2014

Politics and Geography

Because this is an election year, things political are constantly in the headlines. We hear about, and even discuss, issues related to political candidates. But most citizens don’t understand that politics and campaigning are very geographic. We hear about “swing” states, “blue” and “red” states, “flyover” states, and we see maps of states showing areas […]

Local vs. Global

I argue that what appear to be local issues are not just local issues, but are global and to remove that element from the discussion is harmful to students. Chemical contamination connected to a refinery explosion in Delaware City which sent toxic gasses into the night sky is not JUST a local issue, but a […]

Geographic Literacy

There is a national movement underway in the United States to reform geography education in order to increase geographic literacy. In the near future high school seniors will be assessed annually to determine improvement in geographic literacy. It is understood that significant changes in curriculum and instruction will be necessary for improvement to be made. […]

Climate and Warming

Writing about climate change and global warming is politically dangerous, but here goes. There is confusion regarding the difference between global warming and climate change. I saw an hour-long presentation on “climate change” the other day that was really about global warming. That Earth’s average temperature is currently higher than in the past relates to […]

Views on Climate Change

An important point needs to be made regarding climate change. The phrase, “global climate change” is misleading and should be replaced by something that more accurately reflects what is taking place. First, there is no such thing as a “global climate,” and second, entire climate regions are not changing from one type to another. Rather, […]

Arkansas Curriculum Conference

Several members of the Arkansas Geographic Alliance participated in the Arkansas Curriculum Conference. Dr. Nancy Gallavan and Marilyn Friga facilitated a session; Lori Delk and Paul Gray facilitated a session; Dr. Brooks Pearson of the UCA Geography Department facilitated a session, and Mounir Farah facilitated a session. Brooks Green staffed a booth for the Alliance […]

Geography: A Window to the World

The Arkansas Geographic Alliance is planning a major conference that will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 (click here for a flyer). The conference will be for all practicing teachers, teacher candidates, social studies methods professors, and other interested educators. EconomicsArkansas, EAST, ACSS, the Geography Club at UCA, the Department of Geography at UCA, […]

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