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"VERY BIG PEOPLE"

I have always bemoaned that American educators spend too little time on Geography.  I think it has had an enormous impact on many foreign policy mistakes and an overall lack of understanding of the world.

 

So I thought it would be a good idea to try to teach some geography to my students in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  I knew out of the gates my lack of skills in cartography would be a headwind.  But I soldiered on and we filled in most of the countries of Asia.  Two big takeaways: 

 

First, for 13 years old refugees they knew a lot about the locations of every country in the region.

 

Second, I probably couldn't have filled this map as of the start of this week.  It was a humbling moment.  It bothered me, my ignorance, but even though it took 45 years, I can now fill all of that map in myself.  

 

Then I thought - why not draw a map of the United States?

 

 As you can see, it was the cartography method known as "Bull in a China Shop."

 

So I asked these 13 year old kids from Myanmar a bunch of questions about the United States.  

 

And then I mentioned Texas.  I was trying to give my Texan friends a shout-out for their oil prowess. I asked these children: "Does anyone know what comes from Texas?"

 

A kid jumps out of his seat and says: "Very Big People."  I laughed.

 

If I thought that would be offensive to a Texan, I might have corrected him.  But knowing a few of my friends in Texas, I think they would view that as a compliment.

 

 

 

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I connect people to the truth of market places and human behavior and I have a little fun with it.  I am currently traveling the world writing my second book and blogging about my experience. I look forward to getting to know you and encourage you to post your feedback in the comment section of this blog.

 

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