Why are U.S. Students Bad at Geography?

EDUCATION Nearly three-quarters of eighth-graders tested below proficient in geography on the Nation’s Report Card. Now a new study suggests some reasons why. (U.S. News and World Report) The new government report relied heavily on our own Road Map Project—click here to learn more about the road map for large-scale improvement of K-12 geography education. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources … Continue reading Why are U.S. Students Bad at Geography?

Cake pops represent data points on a National Geographic world map.

Celebrating Geography

Today’s world is all about choices. What to buy, where to buy it, who to buy it from… and the amount of information that can impact our decisions only increases when talking about something like food. Food has been in focus at National Geographic lately, because it’s a critical juncture point when pondering our future well being. How does what we eat impact our environment and health? … Continue reading Celebrating Geography

You Won’t Believe the Source of the World’s Most Sustainable Salmon

BUSINESS When you hear the term “sustainable seafood,” you might envision a fisherman pulling catch from a pristine sea. But the most sustainable Atlantic salmon are not caught. And they’re not from the sea. (TIME) Use our resources to learn more about sustainable seafood. Discussion Ideas Where are the sources world’s “most sustainable” sources of Atlantic salmon? According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch … Continue reading You Won’t Believe the Source of the World’s Most Sustainable Salmon

Some Schools Still Don’t Meet Nutrition Standards

HEALTH When schools aren’t forced to provide healthy food, they usually don’t, according to a new study. (TIME) Does your school provide healthy school lunches? Learn more about nutrition, and use our partner resources to better understand how to bring “food justice” to your classroom. Discussion Ideas According to the short TIME article, few schools “offered healthy food options before the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue reading Some Schools Still Don’t Meet Nutrition Standards

Cultural Geography through Food

It’s Geography Awareness Week! Celebrate & Learn Through Food Sarah Newman lives in Los Angeles, California, where she writes the blog Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food. She enjoys shopping at her local farmers markets and growing herbs and produce in her garden. When did your family immigrate to America? What foods are commonly eaten in the countries … Continue reading Cultural Geography through Food