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Old 10-30-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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How come Geography is not a subject and taught in most of U.S. High Schools?

Social Studies both consist of U.S. History and World History. How come now Geography too?

Geography is important subject too! No wonder why most American's can't point where certain places in on the map, or don't know anything about the world!
For example, 15/20 H.S. junior students did not know what continent France and Greece belonged to.

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Old 10-30-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Houston
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It was in my high school. It was a mandatory freshmen Social Studies class.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Geography IS taught in High Schools.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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Way back when I was in school we had a boring geography class in 7th grade. History and government was always American, and world history was optional. I graduated knowing next to nothing about the world outside the US. I am embarrassed about how little I know about the rest of the world and have been trying to learn more on my own.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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How come Geography is not a subject and taught in most of U.S. High Schools?

Social Studies both consist of U.S. History and World History. How come now Geography too?
This is news to me. My US high school taught geography. I remember even way back in 5th grade, long before high school, learning about central and south america. We all had to be able to indentify each country but we each had a specific country we had to write a short report on and mine was on Panama.

I also remember having to identify each US State AND it's capital in 8th grade, again, prior to high school.

And I remember having to identify each country in Europe and the middle east in 9th grade. We may have also covered Asia and Africa but I can't remember it as clearly.

Oh and I've never been in a Social Studies classroom that didn't have several maps on the walls and/or as a pull down in front of the blackboard.

I guess you're right, most of my geography lessons took place prior to high school, not during it! But I don't think that's the point you're trying to make.

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Geography is important subject too! No wonder why most American's can't point where certain places in on the map, or don't know anything about the world!
For example, 15/20 H.S. junior students did not know what continent France and Greece belonged to.
Where is that statistic from? I don't trust statistics unless I know who conducted the collection of information and how. I don't know any Americans who "don't know anything about the world". You know what's important too? Not believing in stereotypes.

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Old 10-30-2009, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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How come Geography is not a subject and taught in most of U.S. High Schools?

Social Studies both consist of U.S. History and World History. How come now Geography too?

Geography is important subject too! No wonder why most American's can't point where certain places in on the map, or don't know anything about the world!
For example, 15/20 H.S. junior students did not know what continent France and Greece belonged to.
US high schools do teach geography. I believe I took it my 7th or 9th grade year???? I really can't remember lol
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:41 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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If you are complaining about what "title" it falls under in the curriculum, it has to go somewhere for evaluation. Kind of like Calculus, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics all fall under the Math and Science heading of evaluation, but are all separate classes.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:41 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Hrrmm I took it in 7th grade and as an elective at university..Is it really needed in h.s. if already taught in middle school?
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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Where is that statistic from? I don't trust statistics unless I know who conducted the collection of information and how. I don't know any Americans who "don't know anything about the world". You know what's important too? Not believing in stereotypes.
I've read similar statistics several times but I don't recall by whom. One study showed some disgracefully high percentage of high school students couldn't even find the US on a world map.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Political geography, i.e., maps, capitals, etc., is not very interesting out of context. History teachers should incorporate it within a larger history lesson.

Social and economic geography, i.e., the way people interact with the landscape, is a fascinating subject that should be taught in high schools. However, it's a more abstract topic about concepts and interpretation rather than facts and data. A lot high school teachers aren't adept at teaching that kind of subject, unfortunately.
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