When I was in junior high in the mid-60s, I was introduced to “new math.” I had no idea at the time why it was called that. And I still don’t, so this is what Wikipedia says about it:
“New Mathematics or New Math was a brief, dramatic change in the way mathematics was taught in American grade schools, and to a lesser extent in European countries, during the 1960s. The name is commonly given to a set of teaching practices introduced in the U.S. shortly after the Sputnik crisis in order to boost science education and mathematical skill in the population so that the perceived intellectual threat of Soviet engineers, reputedly highly skilled mathematicians, could be met.”
Now it appears that there is a “new geography.” At least in the sports world.
I am not a sports fan. I don’t watch it on TV. I dont’ read about it in the newspapers.
Maybe because I was on the basketball and track teams in high school and so played sports I never developed much interest in watching sports. That’s consistent with my preference to be a “doer” rather than an observer. (Although I like to play poker and watch it on TV too but that latter has an “educational” component.)
Also, the anarchist streak in me tamps down any interest in identifying with groups, whether that be a sports team or some other group. (Of course, the exception to the rule is my Manila high school group since that was a unique experience which few outside the group can understand.)
Nevertheless, I somehow learned that three colleges have joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The ACC is the conference that Florida State University (located where I live) belongs to.
Two of the new colleges are Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The former is in New York and the latter is in Pennsylvania. Both states are on the Eastern coast.
The third college, however, is Notre Dame. It’s football team is not part of the ACC. But apparently other Notre Dame teams will play in the ACC.
Interestingly, Notre Dame is in Indiana. And Indiana is not on the Eastern coast. Yet, Notre Dame teams are part of a conference with “Atlantic” in its name and in which every other team is in a state which borders the Atlantic.
Since I don’t follow sports, I didn’t know if there are other teams participating in a conference even if their geographic location is not in sync with the conference’s purported geography. So I did a little research and found some additional examples of the new geography.
For example, the University of Massachusetts, a state which borders the Atlantic, is in the Mid American Conference along with colleges in such mid-America states as Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. And the Western Athletic Conference includes Louisiana Tech.
So there is precedent for Notre Dame being in the ACC despite it’s geographical location.
Since I’m on the subject of geography, you may recall that there was a time when it was said that the “sun never sets on the British empire.” The British had so many colonies around the world that it was always daylight somewhere that flew the Union Jack.
Well guess what? It may be that the the sun never sets on the Stars and Stripes either. There are many U.S. territories in the Pacific that when it is evening in the U.S. it is daylight in at least one of the territories.
For example, there is Guam, which at 212 square miles and a population of about 175,000 probably makes it the largest of the Pacific territories. Guam was…relieved…from Spain, along with Puerto Rico and the Philippines, as a result of the Spanish-American War.
I was on Guam for a few hours for refueling in 1970 when I was flying between Hong Kong and Hawaii in 1970. In those days, airplanes could not cross the Pacific nonstop. (In 1995, I flew nonstop between Chicago and Seoul, a 15 hour flight. It was supposed to be 13 hours but we encountered strong head wind and our airspeed dropped to about 400 MPH.)
Then, there is Midway, site of a pivotal U.S. naval victory during the Second World War. Midway is just 2.4 square miles and is now uninhabited. A number of U.S. Pacific territories are uninhabited, including Johnston Atoll, Palmyra Atoll, and Kingman Reef.
Baker, Jarvis and Howland Islands are the remnants of almost 80 territories claimed by the U.S. under the Guano Act of 1856. (I’m sure you learned all about that in U.S. history class.) Howland is where Amelia Earhart was headed before she disappeared.
So if you’re looking for an American Pacific island paradise, you’re not limited to Hawaii. Besides Guam, there’s American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Now you know!