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Speak Up for Geography!  Geography is the only one of the nine “core academic subjects” (English, reading/language arts, mathematics, history, civics, economics, foreign languages and the arts) identified in federal education legislation which has not received dedicated federal funding to support it.  Sadly, the United States currently faces a crisis in geographic literacy.  Students are unable to comprehend complex geographic patterns and relationships (at local, regional, national or international scales) and most students struggle to simply read and interpret a map. The majority of Americans have poorly developed mental maps of our country, let alone the world because of the lack of focus on geographic learning in our schools.  Click on the “Speak Up for Geography” photo above to have your voice heard by Congress.

The Teaching Geography Is Fundamental Act (TGIF) is federal legislation which would authorize grants to universities and nonprofit organizations for programs to expand geographic literacy among American students and improve the teaching of geography at the K-12 level.  (TGIF authorizes $15 million per year for five years.)

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