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Geography Education in the News

"50 Ways to Improve your Life in 2008," U.S. News & World Report December, 2007
U.S. News & World Report lists geography as one of "50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2008."
"Bring Back Geography," ArcNews, Spring 2007
Jerome E. Dobson, president of the American Geographical Society and professor of geography, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, offers a timely call to action.
"Geography 'must be made relevant,'" BBC News, January 17, 2008
A report from top school inspectors finds geography to be England's worst taught subject.

Reports and Findings

Summary of NCLB Appropriations for Core Subjects (PDF) A chart showing the amounts recommended and appropriated for "core subjects" under No Child Left Behind from 2002-2009.
Global Awareness among list of 21st Century Skills Global Awareness is cited as a 21st century interdisciplinary theme necessary for students to learn in addition to core subjects.
Learning to Think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K-12 Curriculum
A new publication by the National Academy of Sciences recognizing that spatial thinking will play a significant role in the information-based economy of the twenty-first century. The book examines how spatial thinking might be incorporated into existing standards-based instruction across the school curriculum.
National Geographic-Roper 2002 Global Geographic Literacy Survey (PDF)
Data from the survey, which measured the geographic literacy of 18- to 24-year-olds in nine countries.
National Geographic-Roper 2006 Geographic Literacy Study (PDF)
Data from the survey, which measured the geographic literacy of 18- to 24-year-olds in the United States and served as a follow-up to the 2002 Roper Poll.
National Geographic Society Alliance Report: Executive Summary (PDF)
A 2006 evaluation of the state geographic alliances (by the Evaluation and Training Institute [ETI]).
High Growth Industry Profile: Geospatial Technology (PDF)
A 2004 U.S. Department of Labor report on the growing geospatial technology industry.
No Geographer Left Behind (for Teachers) (PDF)
An educator's guide to geography education and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
No Geographer Left Behind (PDF)
A policy guide to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
What Works in Geography Education (PDF Large File Size, 5.3 MB)
A review of research studies and promising practices that demonstrates the effectiveness of efforts to improve geographic literacy and teacher quality.

Geography Resources From National Geographic

Classroom Resources From National Geographic