This is the story of how Sudan became two nations, and of an ongoing conflict in the Nuba Mountains that has changed the lives of millions of people. In parts 2–5 of our VR series, We Who Remain, follow the lives of four people living through the war: http://ajplus.co/nuba360. Produced in partnership with Nuba Reports and Emblematic Group.
The first video in this 5-part video is a bit slow, but provides the historical and geographic context needed to understand the developmental, ethnic, and political issues that remain so difficult to resolve. The Subsequent four videos provide a more human, personal glimpse into facets of the conflict.
Shrinking GDP and a falling population are poised to turn Japan into what economists call a “demographic time bomb,” and other countries could be next.
The article headline is quite click-baity, but there is some real substance to this article. The graphs are especially useful to teach concepts such as population momentum and the age-dependency ratio. These were the key parts of the article that caught my eye:
- An aging population will mean higher costs for the government, a shortage of pension and social security-type funds, a shortage of people to care for the very aged, slow economic growth, and a shortage of young workers.
- Following feminism’s slow build in Japan since the 1970s, today’s workers strive for equality between the sexes, something Japan’s pyramid-style corporate structure just isn’t built for. That’s because institutional knowledge is viewed as a big deal in Japan.
- The elderly now make up 27% of Japan’s population. In the US, the rate is only 15%. Experts predict the ratio in Japan could rise to 40% by 2050. With that comes rising social-security costs, which the shrinking younger generations are expected to bear.
- To make up for an aging population and aversion toward immigrant work, Japan’s tech sector has stepped up its efforts in robotics and artificial intelligence.
“Rio is hiding poor people. See Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3BRTlHFpBU “
This isn’t news, but it isn’t just about Rio de Janeiro, since the World Cup and Olympics have already come and gone. Yet the urban planning designed for the world’s gaze remains. Some strategies used were to create economic development and stimulate the local communities, but more often than not, the poor of the city and the poor communities cities were swept under the rug without addressing the issues that creating poverty with the city. Many of the poor communities closest to Olympic venues were demolished without real viable housing options for the displaced residents.
Questions to Ponder: Can you think of other ways (of other examples) that city planning is used to hide the poor or the ‘less desirable’ parts of the city? Why does this happen? How should urban planning approach economic redevelopment, poverty, and community?
“One of the greatest aspects of the APHG reading is the professional networking, collaboration and sharing that happens with this enthusiastic set of high school and college educators. In addition to the fun evening activities, every year we also hold several professional development activities in the evening.”
On Tuesday evening, June 6th, we had an incredibly dynamic guest speaker with a gift for making his research relevant to his audience. Chris McMorran talk was entitled, “Geographies of Home: producing home across scale in Japan and Singapore.” He generously provided the digital copy of his PPTx slides with his permission to use them in your classrooms (High Resolution with multimedia-70 MB, Medium Resolution with multimedia-57 MB, Low Resolution without multimedia-15 MB).
On Wednesday evening, June 7th we had our annual “Night of the Round Tables” event. This event was designed to create a place to share new ideas, pick up lesson plans, discover new resources, and develop strategies for teaching geography. Presenters had 15 minutes to present. Below are the digital copies of the presentations and the handouts that they wanted to share:
- Amy Potter: Food Security
- Stephanie Hoffman: One-Minute Map video
- Eric Cain: Cultural landscape pictures analysis
- Penny Anderson: Song Stories Chemical Workers song
- Kim Schiller: Women’s Economic Empowerment Lesson Plan
- Annette Parkhurst: ARTICLE – Consumption Factor Jared Diamond, ARTICLE – Is farming the root of all evil, ARTICLE – The apple that never browns, ARTICLE -Worst Mistake in Human History, NOTE – Response to Green and Diamond, Taboo-Pictionary Review.
- Rik Katz: Industrial Revolution Powerpoint!, Industrialization game, Industrialization game & Analysis, industrialization SIM geo analysis, Microsoft PowerPoint – Industrial Revolution Powerpoint!, The Urban Game, Urban Game Instructions PowerPoint, Urban SIM updated 3-16-2017, Urban Game with Analysis.
- Dan Snyder: Flipped Classrooms in APHG
- Rebecca Roth: Inquiry chart assessment, Inquiry Question Cities, Inquiry Question Cities2, Inquiry Question, Inquiry Question2, Link #1, Link #2, Link #3, Link#4.
- Leslie Whitlow: Geography of Gender
- Mike Meyer: Vocab Power Pyramid
- Additional Presenter: Space Shuttle Challenge Lesson Plan
- Robin Foster: Giant World Map
- Amy Stalker: my immigration DBQ, my urban DBQ
Greetings from Cincinnati, OH, home of the 2017 AP Human Geography reading. Over 700 professionals are here to score over 200,000 exams. I’ve been delighted in the past to share the Professional Development activities and newsletters and will continue to do so. This post will be updated throughout the reading (June 2-8).
Plan your next big hike with this map of America’s most-loved long trails.
My uncle hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail and as a kid the enormity of that feat was both inspirational and mind-boggling. Recently I watched an incredible documentary about an ultra-marathoner’s quest on Vermont’s Long Trail (Finding Traction: free on Amazon Prime–trailer here). While I doubt most of us could go the full length of these trails given our jobs, fitness levels, etc., I do think that getting outside to explore some of the physical environments in our local areas this summer sounds like a fantastic idea (high-res map here).
“The progress in Rhode Island toward clean water owes a lot to this federal law. Seeing urban rivers and the beaches and coves of the upper bay rediscovered as natural assets for wildlife and people to enjoy is one of the great successes of the Clean Water Act [of 1972].”
This article from geographer Mary Grady shows a pleasant story in the human and environmental interaction. The upper bay (that in-between place where the Providence River widens and becomes part of the Narragansett Bay) has been cleaned up and has ecologically been revitalized and is becoming an asset to the community again. It is far from pristine, but it nice to read about encouraging signs on this front.
“The Esri Education Outreach team is pleased to announce the release of a sample pack from the forthcoming GeoInquiries™ collection for World History classrooms. The sample pack includes the first four activities supporting high school World History instruction with ArcGIS Online. Eleven additional activities will be released over the coming weeks.”