Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Geography as a Factor of Diversity

Why does it matter?
  • Our Identities as people are tied to it
  • It provided a cultural context for living
  • It impacts our economic life
  • It determines how we relax and enjoy life
North America
  • Three out of four people live in the northern hemisphere
  • North America is culturally diverse due to immigration
  • Resource rich
  • Great deal of economic development
  • Technology rich
  • Oriented to a global economy
The South
  • 12 Southeastern states
  • Historically cultivated subtropical crops
  • Slaver, plantation economy
  • many subregions
  • Creolization culture - mixing many
  • Higher numbers of African-American heritage
  • Income lower
  • Schools poorer
  • Religion important
Appalachia
  • Parts of many states along the Appalachian Mountain chain
  • Historically impoverished area
  • Twentieth century government projects brought some change to the area
  • Coal an essential resource
  • People stereotyped as hillbillies d
  • Primarily rural
  • Predominantly white
  • Education historically poor - few exceptions Berea College
New England & Mid Atlantic
  • Earliest site of European immigrants
  • Inhabited by political and relifious dissidents
  • Protestant work ethic
  • Fishing logging, industries, some mixed agricultural systems
  • Less racially diverse
  • Atlantic coast important for commerce and tourism
  • High educational statistics, colonial colleges
Great Plains and Midwest
  • The Breadbasket
  • Some of the flattest land on earth
  • German, English, Scottish and Irish immigrants from East
  • Great seasonal changes and extreme weather
  • Very rural with few large cities
  • This huge area holds less than 6% of the nations population
  • Midwest has greater diversity
  • Education, solid- highest high school graduation rate
Southwest
  • Mexican and American Indian cultural influence
  • Formerly part of Mexico
  • Continual border issues
  • Large percentage of the population has noneuropean heritage
  • Younger population
  • Most live in metropolitan areas
  • Bilingual education is an ongoing debate
West
  • Mexicans, Catholics, American Indians as original inhabitants
  • Gold rush brought in Chinese laborers
  • One in five Americans live here
  • California has largest population overall, second larges city, LA
  • Most divers part of the US
  • Catholic mission schools established by Spanish priests
Geography and Educational Issues
  • Half the world's population lives in megacities with greatcontradictions
  • Great worldwide migrations and immigrations
  • Migration in the US from city to rural
  • by 2010 60% of US population lives in the South and West (California, Florida, Texas)
  • Population in Northeast and Midwest is getting older
  • The world economic structure is intricately linked
  • Environmental concerns are a growing issue - the US is a major culprit
  • Indigenous people currently live on some richest natural resource areas - they face extinction
Incorporating Global Perspectives
  • Understand how global connections impact their lives
  • How can you integrate world events?
  • Lessons on manufacturing - child labor laws
  • Influence of music
  • Perspectives of other people, classes
  • Indigenous people and the environment
  • Email pen pals around the world
  • Travel

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