GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK:
Helpful tidbits for making the case for geography education
What has the National Geographic Society accomplished?
- the geographic alliances have trained more than 108,000 teacher-consultants
through summer geography institutes since the program started in
- NGS has provided advanced training for 14,000 dedicated teachers,
working with the best geography minds in the country, to bring more
and better geography to classrooms. Each of these teachers has in
turn trained 10-20 others.
- 5 million students in grades 4-8 participate in the National
- more than 100,000 teachers teach geography with NGS materials
each November during GAW.
- 46 of 50 governors are supporting our program with a financial
commitment in their states.
- 11 states have begun endowments so that geography education
will be a priority into perpetuity.
- also in 2001, for the first time ever, high school seniors
can take an advanced placement course in geography before entering
college and if thy pass, credit hours and tuition costs for the
credits will be waived.
What other progress has been made in geography education?
- Geography content standards are in place or are being developed
in more than 80% of the states.
- in 1986, 13% of U.S. students received a geography course; by 1994,
that figure had oubled to 26%.
- at one school, the University of Tennessee, 5% of freshman who
signed up for a geography course in 1986 had studied geography in high
school. Today, 75% of Tennessee's students take a geography course in
- from 1986 to 1994, the number of geography majors grew by 47%
and Ph.D. candidates by 60%.
- Business geography is hot! It's now recognized in many career guides
as one of today's top 20 career choices.
This is a product of the Florida
Geographic Alliance and is part of the National
Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week.
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