Costa Rica, here I come, along with 25 other teachers from the United States. This trip is sponsored by Toyota and will give me a chance to study the flora and fauna in Central America as well as learn about and observe the culture of Costa Rica.This information will be shared in our classroom as we do researchin groups on the ecosystem problems and their possible solutions.
Our world grows smaller and smaller each day as we reach new heights in communication and the ability to know what is going on anywhere we choose to investigate at a moments notice.Tthe advent of the internet changed the lives of everyone in our world. Its advent marked the beginning of instantaneous communication and the ability to research countless topics. I wish it had been around when I was in college would life have been easier!!!
The notion that geography just involves the use of maps and globes and latitude and longitude has been replaced by the attitude of going global and learning about all aspects of a country's culture not just its location. In looking at any country we might ask ourselves: What is the culture like? What religions are recognized? What kind of food do they eat? How do they dress? How do they travel? What are the environmental issues to be dealt with? What region of the world are we addressing? Wwhat is the importance of this country to us in the United States? Our newest country, Southern Sudan, would agree. They feel that their issues are as important as those of any country and their indepenence shows their willingness to work with others.
To this end it is important that all of us be as well educated as possible in all of the aspects of life in any given country.