Articles like this one in last weekend’s LA Times, titled “Geography is covering new ground for travelers,” are helpful references when you’re talking with peers, colleagues, and administrators about Geography. It couches its message in the advantages and perspectives that the “new” geography provides for travelers and traveling, which is just about everyone all the time, depending on scale.
“”Geography is about meaning, not knowing place names and memorizing lists — that was school geography,” said Daniel Edelson, vice president for education programs at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.” Danny promotes this idea frequently and effectively; see his thoughts on geoliteracy.
“Indeed, the workforce for the geospatial industry is one of the fastest-growing in the country, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s High Growth Job Training Initiative. A 30% increase in the last five years in the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and exams in the field of geography suggests that students know it, even if Mom and Dad haven’t heard that a degree in geography could be more useful than law or economics.”