Opinion: Why geography, history courses should stay separate

Tennessee should maintain a separation between its history and geography courses, writes Douglas Richardson, executive director of the Association of American Geographers. Combining the courses would make it harder for students to prepare for the Advanced Placement Human Geography exam and could deprive them of valuable skills that could lead to productive careers later in life, he writes in this letter. "Students with a solid background in geography are able to think spatially and apply geographic analytical skills and technologies for decision making and problem solving," Richardson writes.

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