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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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Central Arkansas awarded the Geography Club $1,500 to help sponsor the Alliance Window on the World workshop in April. We extend our thanks to Ed Briggler, Club president, and Curt Hall, graduate assistant for the Alliance, for their work in securing SGA funds.
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, […]
The Arkansas Geographic Alliance and The EAST Initiative are now formally partners. The Alliance is eager to work with EAST and its CEO, Matt Dozier. The Alliance is in the process of conducting two surveys: one for educational administrators and one for policy makers. Watch here for the results.