Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act
Why do we need better geography education? Check out the latest Roper Poll on Geographic Literacy and you'll have your answers!
2006 Roper Poll and Final Report Roper Poll Executive Summary
State of Geography Education in America:
The good news:
Under the original No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), geography was named a "core" academic subject along with reading, English language arts, math, science, foreign language, history, civics, economics, and art.
The bad news:
Geography is the only core academic subject that has not received designated federal funding since NCLB went into effect in 2002 (download NCLB Academic Appropriations [PDF]).
Special thanks to Representative Andre Carson, of Indiana's 7th district, for supporting the TGIF legislation!