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Speak Up For Geography! - deadline 11/18

Our nation is facing a crisis in geographic literacy. American young adults rank at the bottom in geographic literacy surveys of the world’s most developed countries and 63% of them cannot locate Iraq on a map of the Middle East (Roper Poll, 2006).

So please join the public campaign "Speak Up For Geography: The 10,000 Letter Challenge". The goal of the 10,000 Letter Challenge is simple: to send 10,000 letters to Congress in support of the bipartisan Teaching Geography is Fundamental (TGIF) Act by November 18, 2011. This date marks the ending of Geography Awareness Week 2011 and the last day of the Congressional session before the Thanksgiving recess. It's easy to send letters to Members of Congress at http://speakupforgeography.org.

The Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act provides teacher professional development to improve students' understanding of the world in which they live. You can join other supporters--including the Association of American Geographers, National Council for Geographic Education, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, ESRI, and the National Geographic Society--by letting Congress know that the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act is important to you. For free downloads of 10,000 Letter Challenge resources--display ads, postcards, flyers, and awidget--go to https://sites.google.com/site/speakupforgeography/.

Ask others to join the Challenge by blogging, podcasting, and tweeting about SpeakUpForGeography.org. Post the widget on your website. Spread the message that the time to act is now!