3 Reasons Why Your Child Should Study Geography
You’ve probably all seen videos like this one where a reporter stops people on the street and asks them geography questions. Often the person responding shows a sad lack of even basic knowledge about the world. Granted, in this particular video, these National Geographic Geography Bee questions are pretty tough, but it still serves as a reminder that many of us here in the United States need to make an effort to learn more about the world in which we live. Here are a few reasons why it is so important to study geography.
First, looking simply at academics, the study of geography is a great jumping off place for the study of many different subjects. This is a very interdisciplinary field, so by studying geography, your student will also explore a little bit of history, science, religion, etc. The study of geography can play to your student’s strengths as well as introduce him/her to new subjects.
Second, the technology that we have available today connects us with the rest of the world in ways that most people even thirty years ago could never have imagined. We send emails to people halfway around the world, and they receive the message almost instantly. Because we receive news from countries around the world as it is breaking, understanding current events requires a knowledge of world geography. Today, many businesses in the United States have offices overseas. This Forbes magazine article emphasizes the importance for American businesses to understand the culture of the people they work with overseas. According to this article from Business News Daily, knowing the customs of the people you’re working with is essential. And if you’re doing business in South Korea, expect to sing some karaoke!
Finally, and I think most importantly for believers, it is critical that we understand the people and places of this world so that we can share the love of Christ. If we want to reach a culture for Christ, we need to understand it and, to a certain extent, honor it. Learning their customs, understanding their history, and speaking their language will go a long way in showing them that you care and that God loves them. Note that this isn’t just for Christians who are called to the foreign mission field – the world is coming to us here in the United States, and we have so many opportunities to minister and to witness to those from around the world right where we live. (Matthew 28: 19-20).
Whether you study geography together as a homeschool family or take a geography class with Excelsior Classes, don’t wait! There’s a whole world for you to discover.
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Susan Eggers holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in Russian history. She has completed coursework toward her Ph. D. and has conducted research in libraries and archives in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Her first teaching position was at the college level, and after she started homeschooling her three children in 2003, she began teaching history and geography online. She and her family live in upstate South Carolina, where they enjoy reading, gardening, and playing with their two large dogs.