Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Boston Public Schools to unveil culturally proficient maps in several classrooms

Boston Public Schools to unveil culturally proficient maps in several classrooms
Launch event showcases Peters Projection maps
BOSTON  - Tomorrow, Thursday, March 16, Boston Public Schools (BPS) will showcase Peters Projection maps that are intended to counter a biased view of the world found in traditional maps through an interactive event featuring a 20-foot EarthView Globe - created by Bridgewater State University - that visitors can walk through.

The event represents the launch of Peters Projections maps in all second, seventh, and eleventh grade BPS classrooms that teach social studies. These maps offer a more culturally proficient view of the world than the traditional Mercator Projection maps, which distorts North America and Europe by representing a greater land area relative to their South American and African counterparts. The Mercator Projection maps were originally intended for navigation purposes.

The Peters Projection Map will be distributed as part of a resource set to enrich global learning. In addition to the physical map, BPS is providing teachers with digital resources, including articles, images, and lesson plans, which can be utilized to spark student dialogue and reflection.  

At the launch event, participants will be able to debate the merits of moving away from traditional Mercator Projection maps to Peters Projection maps. In addition, those who walk through the EarthView Globe will see the world from the inside out and view tectonic plates and landform structures. And, a five-foot of Boston's historic neighborhoods, provided by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, will offer a glimpse of Boston's geography from 250 years ago.

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