ERIC Number: EJ880498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
Why Is Afghanistan Important?
Geography Teacher, v7 n1 p16-21 2010
As a former Peace Corps volunteer, avid traveler, classroom geography teacher, and writer, the author has been interested in Afghanistan for decades. Sparked by her own travel experiences in Kabul in February 1970, she made certain that her ninth grade World History/Geography students in south Central Los Angeles not only knew where Afghanistan was, but understood why its landlocked location in Central Asia was strategically significant throughout the course of history right up to their own lifetime. These days, the author periodically does the same for her readership at the "Columbia Tribune" and "Boone County Journal," the two Missouri newspapers where her weekly columns have appeared since 1994. Not long before Hamid Karzai was sworn in for his second term as Afghan president amid allegations of high-level corruption and a rigged election, the author assembled virtual snapshots of Afghanistan in her newspaper column, "Notes From Boomerang Creek," as a way to get people thinking about why Afghanistan continues to be important, as well as, "How do we get it right this time?" The author invites geography teachers to share snapshots from her own travels and newspaper columns of Afghanistan with their students. She offers a few strategies of her own that might launch students' own journey of exploration on the subject of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, World History, Travel, Geography, Foreign Countries, Presidents, Teaching Methods, Newspapers, Authors, Futures (of Society)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; California; Missouri