If anyone was listening to NPR this morning, they heard Steve Inskeep remark, “It is famously said that most people do not know their geography.” In this case, “most people” was a reference to Brazil’s Ministry of Education.
In a new geography textbook just released to 6th grade students, a map featuring South America contained more than a few blunders:
- Paraguay was switched with Uruguay
- A second “Paraguay” was situated on the coast at the Southern tip of Brazil
- Ecuador doesn’t even appear on the map
While hilarious, it is shockingly disheartening to discover that top education officials were so oblivious to their own continent’s geography that this map wasn’t caught in the editorial process. This story, of course, highlights just one of the many reasons why geography is important– knowledge of your surroundings.
Let’s hope that one day a map of the United States doesn’t get published that shows New York where Florida should be and Oklahoma cryptically missing from the country.
But if it does, you’ll hear about it here
…and I know each and every one of you will send a thoughtful letter to Washington.
Cameron for My Wonderful World