The 18 geographic knowledge standards are grouped by 6 Essential Elements:

  1. The World in SPATIAL Terms
  2. PLACES and REGIONS
  3. PHYSICAL Systems
  4. HUMAN Systems
  5. ENVIRONMENT and Society
  6. The USES of Geography

GEOGRAPHY X-treme THROUGH:

COMPETITION: SPORT

“TRAVEL-ing” THROUGH PLACES, REGIONS, PHYSICAL and HUMAN SYSTEMS (sport: entertainment, business, society-culture, religious-philosophical, arts-architecture, music)

I am a BIG SOCCER-FOOTBALL-“FUTBOL” FAN …

BORN and RAISED in the GEOGRAPHICALLY HUGE UNITED STATES of AMERICA (San Jose, California), I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY from FOLLOWING ANOTHER “LOVE” of SPORTS … BASEBALL, AMERICAN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL …

I TAUGHT GEOGRAPHY in an AMERICAN “SECONDARY” HIGH SCHOOL … STARTING WITH AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY, USING SPORTS FRANCHISES and COLLEGES-UNIVERSITIES as a REFERENCE …

TEACHING WORLD HISTORY, I EXTENDED the APPROACH to my “FAVORITE” and “BEST” SPORT GROWING UP … SOCCER … FOOTBALL … FUTBOL …

LEARNING and TEACHING WORLD GEOGRAPHY through the SPORT … INTERNATIONAL COUNTRIES participating in the WORLD CUP, and CLUBS playing on week-ends in various nations around the world …

GROWING UP in the 1970s, I WATCHED “SOCCER MADE in GERMANY”, ENGLISH FIRST DIVISION from ITV, and SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMMING ON CHANNEL 14 UHF STATION in the San Francisco Bay Area …

WHATEVER “FUTBOL” was on TELEVISION, I WATCHED IT …

I CAN REMEMBER as a 9-YEAR OLD in 1974 WATCHING on TELEVISION at my GRANDPARENT’s HOUSE across the street an “ORANGE” TEAM PLAYING a “WHITE-SHIRTED” TEAM PLAY SOME “BIG GAME” …

APPARENTLY, SOME “GERMANS” BEAT SOME “DUTCH” from “HOLLAND” in that game way back when …

I WAS BORN in “SILICON VALLEY” (San Jose) … now I can watch that game (and a million other “classics”) whenever on my computer …

LIKE THOSE BAY-AREA “HIPPIE” DUDES ONCE SAID, “WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT’s BEEN” …

THIS WEBSITE is a “GEOGRAPHICAL EXPERIENCE” …

ONE of MY GOOD FRIENDS DOWN the STREET, GORDON VAN DAMM, HAD a DUTCH FATHER and INDONESIAN MOM … I BECAME a BIG FAN of “HOLLAND” as a KID … WE WOULD PLAY OUR “SOCCER WARS” in the PUBLIC SCHOOL FIELD in between our back-yard fences … sometimes with our “Persian Immigrant friend, Sammy … whose “home” team growing up was Perspolis …

I AM a THANKFUL, BLESSED, NATIVE-BORN, (third-generational) AMERICAN … my FATHER was of “CROATIAN-AMERICAN heritage … my MOTHER was of PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN heritage …

does this “explain” my “soccer” and sporting “heritage” ???

MY DAD TOOK ME to local N.A.S.L. GAMES, WATCHING MY HOME-TOWN “San Jose EARTHQUAKES” PLAY at SPARTAN STADIUM at SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY … “small” but sweet to watch a match … with “Crazy George” …

I SAW PELE, MARADONA (1984 with Napoli), CARLOS ALBERTO, BECKENBAUER, GERD MULLER, CRUFF, GEORGE BEST, BOBBY MOORE, EUSEBIO, NEESKENS, WILLIE JOHNSTONE … OTHER “GREATS” … PLAY in PERSON as a KID …

UNDERSTANDING the WORLD I LIVED IN … THROUGH SOCCER, FOOTBALL, “FUUUT-BOL” … WHATEVER YOU WANT to CALL IT …

THIS SITE SEEKS to TEACH SOME “WORLD GEOGRAPHY” THROUGH “COMPETITION” … SPORT …

BUT WHAT ABOUT the “HALF” of the WORLD THAT DOES NOT PLAY or CARE ABOUT “SOCCER”-FOOTBALL-FUTBOL ???

I TAUGHT ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY in HIGH SCHOOL … IT WAS “CHALLENGING” in IT’S CURRICULUM … TRULY ALL of WORLD HISTORY … FROM EARLY to END, INCLUDING EVERYWHERE and EVERYBODY in BETWEEN …

“WORLD” HISTORY is “ASIAN-CENTERED” … BECAUSE ASIA is “HUGE” and CENTRAL to WORLD HISTORY, an in part simply due WORLD GEOGRAPHY and “DEMOGRAPHICS” (population) …

“ASIA” is a HUGE PLACE with a HUGE AMOUNT of PEOPLE … WHO MADE a HUGE IMPACT on HISTORY …

HOW to ADEQUATELY “COVER” SUCH a HUGE “SWATCH” of WORLD HISTORY SEEMED DAUNTING …

I HAPPENed to HAVE a LOT of “ASIAN” STUDENTS in my ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTROY CLASSES …

BEING and “AMERICAN” I LOVED “SPORTS” and “GAMES” … THEN THE “BRIGHT IDEA” HIT …

HOW to “COVER” THAT HALF of the GLOBE … “GAME SHOW” …

A GAME SHOW? … “NAME THAT ASIAN” … WHAT STARTED as a (BAD) JOKEBECAME SERIOUS

ASIA is a HUGE PLACE … HUGE POPULATION … “IDENTITY” is a MAJOR PART of HISTORY …

GEOGRAPHY INCLUDES the STUDY of “PEOPLES” … “DEMOGRAPHICS” … MIGRATIONS …

WHO and WHAT EXACTLY are “ASIANS”? … were they ‘ALL the SAME”?

IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD in San Jose, THERE WAS MY FRIEND GORDIE, WHOSE MOM was INDONESIAN … Sammy was Persian-American … whose family escaped the Shah in the 1970s and owned-ran a gas station … the LEES were TAIWAN-ese WHO OWNED the SUPERMARKET DOWN the STREET … GREG INOUYE was third-generation Japanese-American and was my ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASS-MATE and fellow fourth-grade “dinosaur expert” (we knew every dinosaur I think) … the Korean Kims ran the 7-11 up the street … Son-Mi Yeo was the “new girl” whom I sat next to in elementary school … so I had a “basic understanding” of “Asians” …

A “RIDICULOUS” GAME-SHOW “GIMMICK” BECAME a SIGN of “RESPECT” … for “REALITY” …

FOR “TEACHING” … and LEARNING …

DO YOU KNOW the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN a KOREAN and JAPANESE ??? … INDIAN and PAKISTANI? … ARMENIAN and AZERBAIJANI ???? KAZAK and UZBEK? … ARAB and IRAELI?

AS A SPORTING “FAN”, DO YOU KNOW the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN a YANKEE & RED SOX FAN, DODGERS & GIANTS … CHIVAS & AMERICA … LIVERPOOL & Manchester United … CELTIC & RANGERS (Scotland) … Real Madrid and BARCELONA? … A.C. vs INTER MILAN ???

THIS WEBSITE TEACHES “SPORTING LITERACY” … WHO … WHERE … WHAT … WHY

YOU WILL BE ABLE to “NAME that ASIAN” after “MASTERING” the CONTENT in MY WEBSITE …

MY EMBRACE of “COMPETITION” as a LEARNING TOOL INCLUDES SOCCER and “GAME SHOWS”

#2 – CARTOGRAPHY (maps)

I LOVE MAPS … ATLASes …. ENCYCLOPEDIAS …

LOCATION … LOCATION … LOCATION … WHERE are THINGS ???

THIS SIGHT HAS LOTS of THOSE …

#3 – CULTURE …

“WAY of LIFE” … including “cultural exchange” … “conflict” (history) … “cuisine” … whatever …

#4 – COMMERCE …

I AM NOT VERY “MATERIALIST-ic” … BUT ECONOMICS PLAYS a CENTRAL PART in ALL of OUR LIVES …

visit EconomicsXtreme.comHMSEconEducation.orgHMSEconomics.comAsk Econ Guru.com

visit www.Agoge Institute.com and www.Anastasios-USA.com for all your “home schooling” needs …

I LOVE ENCYCLOPEDIAS … BEFORE the INTERNET, WE HAD AN “ANCIENT” 25 VOLUME SET of ENCYCLOPEDIAS MY PARENTS BOUGHT …

I WOULD SPEND HOURS READING THROUGH THOSE THINGS …

I GUESS I WAS “DEMENTED” and “DERANGED” from a YOUNG AGE …

THIS WEBSITE is a “SICK and TWISTED” COMBINATION, SYNTHESIS and VERSION of SOME of the the THINGS I “LOVE” …

COMPETITITION (SPORT) … CARTOGRAPHY (maps) … CULTURE (“way of life”) … COMMERCE (I teach his-school economics) …

COMBINING “EDUCATION” and “ENTERTAINMENT” …

“FACTS” and “PHILOSOPHY” …

both “HORRIFYING” and “HILARIOUS” …

RELEVANT and RIDICULOUS …

“ENJOY” !!!

“SLAVA” SOCRATES …

SLAVIC SOCRATES …