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Geography education and Bee/Drug-free workplace

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 5, 2018 4:58 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, April 6, 2018:

The Pennsylvania State Geography Bee is scheduled for Friday at the State Museum in Harrisburg.  Some of the brightest young people from throughout the state will be participating.  But when it comes to geography education in the K thru 12 grades, geography is often a forgotten subject.

In fact, nearly three-quarters of eighth graders tested below proficient in geography on the 2014 National Assessment of Education Progress.

Part of the explanation could be geography is not a required subject in most states.

We discuss the geography bee and geography education on Thursday's Smart Talk with Daryl Wenner, co-coordinator of the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee and coordinator for the GeoChallenge and a Professor of Geography at Bloomsburg University.

We also will feature the first ever Smart Talk Geography Bee as host Scott LaMar, WITF Multimedia News Director Tim Lambert and WITF Radio Pennsylvania News Director Brad Christman answer geography questions.

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Brad Christman, Radio PA News Director, Tim Lambert WITF Multimedia News Director, Daryl Wenner, Professor of Geography at Bloomsburg University.

Read: Why geography matters

Also, the opioid crisis that is sweeping the nation is being fought on many different levels.  State-funded Drug Free Workplace PA's goal is "to educate employers and employees about the dangers of substance abuse in the workplace."

We'll learn more on Thursday's Smart Talk from Gina Riordan, the program superviser for Drug Free Workplace PA.

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Gina Riordan, program superviser for Drug Free Workplace PA

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