Despite the fact that they are known for eating brains, we don’t usually associate zombies with education and intellectual improvement. But the zombies are invading every sector of our society including one very near and dear to my own heart, education.
I was absolutely ghastly at Geography as a kid. It seemed so . . . flat. It wasn’t particularly exciting to me because there was nothing to “figure out”—all memorization, no analysis. Which is why I was so tickled by the Zombie-Based Geography Learning project on Kickstarter.
Says the project’s creator:
Imagine being in a classroom where instead of reading about maps, you’re designing them to show the spread of a zombie outbreak. Instead of reading about the distribution of resources on Earth in a textbook, you are researching available resources to plan your post-outbreak settlement. I’m not just talking about learning where places are or memorizing capitals of states or countries, I’m talking about learning the deeper concepts of geography that geographers actually use.
Well, yeah. That sounds pretty cool, I have to admit.
So here’s how the curriculum works:
- You hear about the zombie outbreak and start making plans in case the epidemic reaches your community.
- The zombie outbreak comes to your area and you have to figure out how to survive and how to find other survivors and band together.
- Find a place that’s as safe as it can be to settle down and make a new, long-term community
- Build your community.
- Plan for the future.
It’s all about the zombies! If I had kids I was homeschooling, I would totally do this!
Laura K. Curtis lives in Westchester, NY, with her husband and 3 dogs who’ve taught her how easily love can co-exist with the desire to kill. She blogs at Women of Mystery and maintains an online store at TorchSongs GlassWorks. She can also be found on Twitter and poking her nose into all sorts of trouble in various spots around the web.
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