Beyond Capitals and Products: The Current State of an Understanding of Geography Among Young People in the United States
Presented by SWG member Barbara Hildebrant
Monday April 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
(Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima)
The Birch Wathen Lenox School 210 East 77th Street
6:00 Camaraderie with wine and cheese
6:30 Talk: Beyond Capitals and Products
The current emphasis on STEM education has taken a toll on many subjects under the umbrella of the “social sciences” – most particularly, geography. Sadly, many students lack a working knowledge of our physical and cultural environment that is the basis for understanding both the local and the global spheres in which we operate. Data from The Nation’s Report Card and AP Human Geography provides some insight into the peaks and valleys of geography education in our nation’s classrooms.
Barbara has more than 17 years of experience in ETS’s Assessment Development Division. She was instrumental in the development of AP Human Geography that launched in 2001, and continues to lead that program. She also is involved with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), concentrating primarily on the geography assessment. Prior to joining ETS, she taught geography classes at Raritan Valley Community College and Rutgers University. In 2008, she received the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education in recognition of her exceptional record of leadership in advancing geography education both at the university level and in K–12 schools. In 2015, she received the George J Miller Award from the national Council for Geographic Education. This the NCGE’s highest award and is given for lifetime service to enhancing the status and quality of geography education.