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Sun Mar 1, 2020, 02:29 PM

1. "New" information?

While I'm not a teacher, it seems to me that we had this knowledge decades ago and used it pretty well. After years of budget cuts, though, to everything but CORE math/English, teaching to endless standardized tests, and STEM for kids with the aptitude, we seem to have forgotten.

I'm a Boomer and remember drawing a lot of maps in social studies; it was one of my favorite things in school. Sometimes we drew maps just to show location. Other times, we drew things like geographical features, major crops/products, and population distribution. We did a whole lot of sketching in science class, too. I can still see in my mind some of those drawings and the information contained in them.

But they apparently don't do that in schools anymore. Maybe budget cuts and teachers having to buy their own classroom supplies have something to do with it. Maybe this is why many people today can't find anything on a map and know so little about their own nation, let alone the rest of the world. Maybe TPTB decided drawing wasn't an efficient enough way to shovel information into students for test regurgitation.

Let's hope this "new" method of teaching becomes widespread fast!

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