ERIC Number: ED294803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Geography Education. Examining the Issue of Geography Education in Our Schools To Get a Better Understanding of What Needs To Be Done To Improve Students' Knowledge about the World. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, First Session (October 29, 1987).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
Recently, a United Nations study of 30,000 10- to 14-year-olds in nine countries ranked U.S. students next-to-last in their comprehension of foreign culture. Senator Robert Stafford of Vermont pointed out that the impressive array of witnesses before the committee indicated the need to increase geography literacy among young people. Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island announced that he, Senator Stafford, and New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley were introducing an amendment to provide teacher training and retraining in history and geography. Admiral Bobby Ray Inman stated that if the country cannot upgrade the quality of education, it is doomed for a continued downward slide. Warren E. Burger, former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, stated that geography and history are so interrelated that they cannot be logically separated. William J. Bennett, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, noted that in his visits to U.S. public schools, he was struck by the absence of maps in many classrooms. Senator Bill Bradley stressed that a fuller appreciation of the nation's history comes when a map of the United States is used. Other participants before the committee included Ronald Abler of the National Science Foundation, Gilbert M. Grosvenor, president National Geographic Society, Nancy Nakayama, of the University of California, Congressman Leon E. Panetta, Senator Paul Simon, Steven Herman (a 7th grade geography teacher), Magda Marshall (a high school junior) and Jeremy Gruenwald (a 6th grade student). Prepared statements of speakers are included. (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, Primary Sources, Social Science Research, Social Studies
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
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