West Wing wisdom: Maps and scale

Posted on February 13th, 2013 by

This is a slight revision to a blog post from last semester. I think it is relevant, given our discussion about scale in class today. Enjoy!:

Here’s a 4 minute clip from a West Wing episode called “Why are we changing maps?”. In it, the characters make an argument that maps are political and that we should rethink (or maybe rehang!) the world map we have in our classroom. I’m curious about what you all think: Are maps political? If so, (how) would you introduce this concept to elementary students? What does this have to do the the Giant Map of Africa that we just shared with the second grade students at South Elementary?


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