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State proposal would combine history, geography classes

3:48 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A move to combine geography with history has created tension between state officials and educators.

State officials say the plan will give students a deeper grasp of both subjects and free up more time for teaching language skills that are measured on standardized tests.

Geography educators predict that spending less time on the subject will lead to a dearth of knowledge about geotechnical systems used by the military and businesses for mapping systems. They say the information is necessary for students to be college and career ready when they graduate.

The Tennessean reports more public comment will be taken on the proposal next month.

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