National Geographic Asks You to: Speak Up for Geography

An e-mail from NGS reads:

You may not realize that our nation is facing a crisis in geographic literacy. American young adults rank at the bottom in geographic literacy surveys of the world’s most developed countries and 63% of them cannot locate Iraq on a map of the Middle East (Roper Poll, 2006). There is a shortage of job candidates with geospatial technology skills (U.S. Department of Labor, 2005). And, geography education is key for developing the knowledge and skills of the modern workforce (DiBiase, 2010).

So please join the public campaign "Speak Up For Geography: The 10,000 Letter Challenge". As a leader in the geospatial industry, your support of geography education in K-12 schools is needed now more than ever. 

The goal of the 10,000 Letter Challenge is simple: to send 10,000 letters to Congress in support of the bipartisan Teaching Geography is Fundamental (TGIF) Act by November 18, 2011. This date marks the ending of Geography Awareness Week 2011 and the last day of the Congressional session before the Thanksgiving recess. It's easy to send letters to your Members of Congress at

For free downloads of 10,000 Letter Challenge resources--display ads, postcards, flyers, and a widget--go to  

Show your support for geography education: Let Congress know that the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act is important to you. Ask others to join the Challenge by blogging, podcasting, and tweeting about Post the widget on your website. Spread the message that the time to act is now!

If you missed it, we discussed the state of geography education lobbying on this week's podcast: Making a Case for Federal Funding of Geography Education

Published Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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