Top 5 reasons to go to World Ball Night


We’re kicking off Geography Awareness Week 2009 in style–that is high tops, sweat bands, and track suits.

Pair a geography lovin’ b-ball coach with a giant map of Asia, rockin’ satellite imagery from industry leader GeoEye, a map gallery showcasing student work, and plenty of chances to win cool prizes, and you’ve got one geo-tastic event.

The third annual World Ball Night at George Mason University, 4pm November 15, promises not to disappoint, and, let’s be honest: What else do you have to do on a Sunday afternoon??

Top 5 reasons to go to World Ball Night

  1. See
    live Division I action at a discount price.
  2. Shoot
    hoops on a giant map of Asia.
  3. Take
    the geography quiz for a chance to win a “world ball” basketball.
  4. Spend
    a Sunday afternoon with the family.
  5. Coach
    L says: Geography + Basketball = Fun!


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Partnership Lists Geography as a Critical 21st Century Skill

Most schools don’t teach the
history of educational reform in America; ironically, these
revolutions frequently push our country in new social, economic and political
directions. A report
from the Partnership for
21st Century Skills
addresses the need for new competencies among American
students, highlighting geography and geographic themes such as global awareness,
social and cross-cultural skills, and civic literacy.  The Partnership proposes a solution with
(surprise, surprise) educational reform.

The world’s economy and job
market demand workers with an understanding of the universal interconnectivity
between people and places. However, the U.S. government
still hasn’t demanded educational reform that will require this knowledge. The 21st Century Skills report
makes policy suggestions to globalize core subjects.

Geography can be the common
denominator between all subjects, emphasizing global, critical thinking skills
to complement a basic skills education. Geographic literacy is a crucial foundation
for a competitive economy. Vivek Wadwah from the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School,
commented on the importance of the report, and of geography awareness, in this

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Five for Friday

1. THE DAILY SHOW: RICK SHENKMAN In this recent interview with Jon Stewart, Rick Shenkman, professor at George Mason University and author of the new book “Just How Stupid are We?: Facing the Truth about the American Voter”, quotes the 19th century satirist Ambrose Bierce: “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” What are your thoughts on Shenkman’s provocative claims? 2. MAD FOR MAPS … Continue reading Five for Friday

World Basketball Quiz answers

Subscribe to this blog’s feed Pencils down! Today marks the final deadline for submission of the George Mason University “Coach L’s World Basketball Quiz.” We hope you had fun and got a good mental work-out from these geography and basketball-themed questions. See how you did by comparing your responses to the correct answers below. But remember: All entries are eligible for the drawing! 1. Which … Continue reading World Basketball Quiz answers

George Mason Tickets

Subscribe to this blog’s feed SPECIAL WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA EVENT: What do you get when you combine geography and NCAA Division I basketball? One unique night of entertainment! What: “Coach L’s World Ball Night” (Mason Patriots men’s basketball vs. Dayton Flyers) When: November 17, 2007, 7pm Where: Patriot Center,  Fairfax, VA Get your discount tickets today (only $6!!) : click here Password: Patriots      … Continue reading George Mason Tickets