WORLD Fidel Castro, who defined Cuba on the international stage for more than half a century, has died. Why is the former leader of a small, developing nation so important to the most powerful country on Earth? (American Experience) How will the U.S. relationship with Cuba change now that the diplomatic embargo that defined the Castro Era has ended? Teachers, scroll down for a quick … Continue reading Four Ways to Teach about Fidel Castro
Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Monday, October 17 TDIGH: Loma Prieta Earthquake The magnitude 6.9 earthquake near Oakland, California in 1989 was triggered by the shifting tectonic plates … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, October 17 – 23
What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, we learned … … under Hawaii’s starry skies, there is a fight over sacred ground. So, we know what’s going on on top of Mauna Kea. What’s going on below? Where else are indigenous groups protesting for greater sovereignty? … humans can only live about 115 years. … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week!
POLITICS President Obama has announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba. What does this mean? (New York Times) Looks like we’re going to have to update our encyclopedic entry on “diplomacy”! Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What are diplomatic relations? Read our encyclopedic entry on “diplomacy” for some help. Diplomatic relations are simply … Continue reading How America’s Relationship With Cuba Will Change
The closing of Guantánamo Bay was one of President Obama’s chief promises on the campaign trail and one of the first executive orders issued this January. The prison camp, which houses 250 inmates on the southern coast of Cuba, will be gradually shut down over the next year. Yet the question remains as to where former detainees will be sent. Fifty to one hundred detainees … Continue reading Your Voice: The Guantánamo Conundrum