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ERIC Number: EJ823271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Love, Matt
Teaching Tolerance, n23 p25-31 Spr 2003
Cultural geographers have described the 2000-mile, sun-baked, history-rich, heavily patrolled U.S.-Mexico border as the world's most dynamic international frontier. Compared to current flashpoint border regions, such as India-Pakistan or Israel-Palestine, "la linea," as it is called in Spanish, is remarkably peaceful. But disparities between the two neighboring democracies generate a unique and complex array of tensions. This arid stretch of North American geography is poised, in the era of North American free trade and shifting demographics, to become even more important to the two countries' economic, social and environmental well-being. Touching four U.S. and five Mexican states, impacting millions on a daily basis, the border region is many things to many people: (1) a precarious political reality; (2) a dangerous chance at a new life; (3) a challenge to immigration control; (4) a perpetual party; (5) a fragile desert landscape in need of protection; (6) a water management nightmare; (7) a place of intractable poverty; or (8) a public health debacle. To others, the border is a colorful hotbed of economic activity and Anglo-Latino interaction annually worth billions of dollars (and growing) to both countries in the brave new world of free trade. For all its vibrancy and contradictions, the border provides a unique educational opportunity for U.S. and Mexican students on both sides to interact with one another, help bridge cultural differences and solve problems that can fester between these neighboring nations. And the best way to interact, many educators believe, is for young people to hit the road, meet face-to-face and spend time in each other's cultures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States