This came from the email bag this morning courtesy of TNGIC:
The following is being sent to you on behalf of Kurt Butefish Coordinator, Tennessee Geographic Alliance and Executive Director, Tennessee Council for the Social Studies:
The State Department of Education is preparing to revise the State Social Studies Standards and Geography is at risk. We have a very short window of opportunity to reverse the proposed course of action by the DoE because comments about the attachedSocial Studies Standards Revision proposal are due by February 1, 2013.
Of greatest concern to geospatial professionals should be that: In high school, the World Geography/World History graduation requirement will be removed and Geography will be relegated to an elective. Removing the Geography/History graduation requirement will also negatively impact AP Human Geography, AP World History, and AP European History enrollment. All of the University of Tennessee and Board of Regents four-year institutions include World History or World Geography in their undergraduate admissions requirements. Graduating students may not meet these requirements if the courses are not required for high school graduation. This will undoubtedly decrease the number of likely Geography majors entering college and lesson the already sad Geography backgrounds of incoming freshmen.
We’ve got two weeks to make as much noise as possible. Hearing from geospatial professionals is critical for the decision makers involved. Please consider doing as many, if not all, of the following things.
Read the Social Studies Standards Revision Link if you want the details. It is attached. Also attached is the Tennessee Geographic Alliance position statement which boils it down for you.
Provide CONSTRUCTIVE comments to Dr. Jared Myracle firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com specified in the document.
Call AND email your State Representative and State Senator with your concerns. Use the draft editorial (attached) as a go-by, but put your own personal spin on it. You can find out who your legislators are here: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/
Write or email Governor Haslam and Education Commissioner Huffman. Their addresses are below.
Write an editorial to your local newspaper. A draft is attached.
Encourage your colleagues to participate as well.
I know this is a lot, but we can be heard and we can make an impact if we use this multi-pronged approach.
If we can flood Nashville with communication beginning this week (Jan. 21-25) then we can make the most of personal visits with legislators by myself and members of the TGA during the period, Sat. Jan. 26 until Friday, Feb. 1.
Also attached is information about the importance of geospatial technologies to industry and the job market.
Governor Bill Haslam
1st Floor, State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243
Commissioner Kevin Huffman
Andrew Johnson Tower – 6th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Thank you for your attention to this request.
Click on the links provided below to view the referenced documents:
Coordinator, Tennessee Geographic Alliance
Executive Director, Tennessee Council for the Social Studies