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News Coverage of Boston Public Schools' Adoption of the Peters Map

On Thursday, March 16, 2017 Boston Public Schools (BPS) introduced Peters Projection Maps -- intended to counter a biased view of the world found in traditional Mercator projection maps. The Peters Projection maps were incorporated into all second, seventh, and eleventh grade BPS classrooms and the Mercator Projection maps (from 1569), are still being kept in the classrooms for comparison purposes. BPS felt that the Peters maps offer a more culturally proficient view of the world than the traditional Mercator Projection maps, which distorts North America and Europe by representing a greater land area relative to their South American and African counterparts. The Peters Projection maps were distributed as part of a resource set to enrich global learning. In addition to the physical map, BPS is providing teachers with digital resources, including articles, images, and lesson plans, which can be utilized to spark student dialogue and reflection.

Please note that many media outlets sensationalized the story, with headlines like,
Ditching The Classic World Map
Classrooms Are Replacing Traditional World Maps 
Boston Schools Replace World Maps with More Realistic One
Boston schools ditch 'misleading' world map
Boston Is The First Public School District To Get Rid Of This BS World Map
Boston schools replace the map they use in classes
Boston's Public Schools Have Ditched This Distorted and Misleading World Map

But nowhere in the BPS media release, nor in any interview with school officials, did anyone say the Mercator projection maps are being removed…as the headlines above suggest.

The BPS wisely continued to make a “lesson” out of comparing world views, and helping students to understand the messages that map send.

See Chapter 1 of Seeing Through Maps: Many Ways to See The World, available as a free download at: https://manywaystoseetheworld.org/pages/free-downloads

Peters Maps available at:
https://manywaystoseetheworld.org/collections/peters-projection-map

The original press release from the Boston Public Schools:
http://bostonpublicschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=14&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=11934&PageID=1
 
Shortly thereafter many news outlets picked the story up, including:
 
WBUR Radio
Arriving At Boston Public Schools: More Accurate — And Inclusive — World Maps
By Bob Shaffer
http://www.wbur.org/edify/2017/03/16/world-maps-boston-public-schools
 
Boston Globe       
Boston schools ditch conventional world maps in favor of this one
By Akilah Johnson
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/03/16/north-america-really-bigger-than-africa-this-map-sets-things-straight/lK52K7aKYFpQ3b8ujJj6LP/story.html 
 
The Guardian (UK)
Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion
Joanna Walters
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/19/boston-public-schools-world-map-mercator-peters-projection
 
Public Radio International
Boston's public schools have adopted a new, more accurate world map
By David Leveille
https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-03-20/bostons-public-schools-have-adopted-new-more-accurate-world-map
 
CNN
What's the real size of Africa? How Western states used maps to downplay size of continent
By Sophie Morlin-Yron
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/18/africa/real-size-of-africa/index.html
 
Romper
New School Maps Show That Everything You Learned In School Was Wrong
By Jenn Rose
https://www.romper.com/p/new-school-maps-show-that-everything-you-learned-in-school-was-wrong-46474
 
NEWSWEEK
ARE MAPS ACCURATE? BOSTON SCHOOL MAPS DEPICT AFRICA BIGGER THAN NORTH AMERICA
By JANICE WILLIAMS
http://www.newsweek.com/world-map-mercator-projection-africa-north-america-boston-570920   
 
Al Jazeera Media Network – video interview with Bob Abramms from ODTmaps
NewsGrid - news hour covering the change in the Boston Schools “Is the Peters Map Accurate?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzl6Pr2VUSY

MPR News  
New map in school changes the world
Bob Collins 
http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2017/03/new-map-in-school-changes-the-world/#comments
 
National Geographic
A WHOLE NEW WORLD IN BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
by carylsue
https://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/22/a-whole-new-world-in-boston-public-schools/
 
Education Week
With New Maps, Boston Aims for Shift Away from Eurocentrism
by Jackie Zubrzycki
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2017/03/New_Map_New_World.html

The Atlantic 
Boston Puts a Better Map in the Classroom:   The old Mercator world map, riddled with inaccuracies, has been replaced with a less Eurocentric version.
By Aria Bendix
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/boston-puts-a-better-map-in-the-classroom/520650/

abc2news.com
Boston Public Schools Are Ditching The Classic World Map
By Ryan Biek, Katherine Biek
http://www.abc2news.com/newsy/boston-public-schools-are-ditching-the-classic-world-map
 
Intelligent Management
Nothing Is Where You Think it Is – Maps and Mental Models
By Angela Montgomery Ph.D. 
http://www.intelligentmanagement.ws/nothing-is-where-you-think-maps-mental-models/
 
Curmudgucation Blog
Boston Public Schools just caused a stir by adopting a new map of the world.
by Peter Greene
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-map-of-world.html
 
STREAM AFRICA
New look for Africa on ‘corrected’ Boston school maps
Edited by Sam O. Abuya
http://streamafrica.com/news/new-look-africa-corrected-boston-school-maps/
 
Education Week
With New Maps, Boston Aims for Shift Away from Eurocentrism
By Jackie Zubrzycki
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2017/03/New_Map_New_World.html   
 
Global Citizen
Your World Map Is Wrong. Like, Really, Really Wrong
By James Hitchings-Hales
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/world-map-wrong-mercator-peters-projection-boston/
 
wcsh6 TV
BrainDrops: Time for a New Classroom Map?
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/now/braindrops-time-for-a-new-classroom-map/424700579
 
Texas A&M News
Boston public schools change their maps to please SJWs
https://texags.com/forums/16/topics/2843357  
 
Esquire (UK)
Schools In Boston To Start Using Accurate World Map In "Decolonizing" Effort - Because the one you've known all your life is a big fat fake
By Sam Parker
http://www.esquire.co.uk/culture/news/a13828/school-in-boston-to-use-accurate-world-map/ 

The Daily Good
Students Are Getting A Radically Different View Of The World With Updated Maps
by Stacey Leasca
https://www.good.is/articles/new-world-map-boston 
 
ELITE DAILY
The World Map You Were Taught In School Is Completely Wrong, So Life’s A Lie
by Amanda Fama  
http://elitedaily.com/news/world-map-taught-wrong/1833425/  
 
Inhabitat
Boston public schools phase in new map to decolonize curriculum
by Lacy Cooke
http://inhabitat.com/boston-public-schools-phase-in-new-map-to-decolonize-curriculum/  
 
Travel & Leisure:
Why Some U.S. Classrooms Are Replacing Traditional World Maps
by Talia Avakian
http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/educational-travel/gall-peters-projection-maps
 
Event Chronicle
Boston Schools Replace World Maps with More Realistic One
Article (Boston schools replace World maps with more realistic one) originally published on Daily Mail and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.
By Joe Sheppard
http://www.theeventchronicle.com/news/north-america/boston-schools-replace-world-maps-realistic-one/#
 
The Week (UK)
Boston schools ditch 'misleading' world map
http://www.theweek.co.uk/82734/boston-schools-ditch-misleading-world-map
 
Newser
School District Is First in US to Adopt This World Map
They're trying to 'decolonize the curriculum'
By Rob Quinn
http://www.newser.com/story/240007/school-district-is-first-in-us-to-adopt-this-world-map.html

Medium  Corporation
Why you should be upset Boston Public Schools has adopted a new map
By Alex Tolkin
https://medium.com/@alextolkin/why-you-should-be-upset-boston-public-schools-has-adopted-a-new-map-c694e6f8cd7#.r011ia668
 
All That Is Interesting
Boston Schools “Decolonize” Curriculum, Switch To More Accurate World Map
By Michael Gardiner
http://all-that-is-interesting.com/boston-public-schools-maps  
 
Fatherly
Boston Is The First Public School District To Get Rid Of This BS World Map
By Bex_Frankeberger
https://www.fatherly.com/education-child-care/your-maps-are-wrong/
 
Equilibrio Informativo (Venezuela)
Schools In Boston To Start Using Accurate World Map In "Decolonizing" Effort
By Ildefonso Vasquez
http://equilibrioinformativo.com/2017/03/schools-in-boston-to-start-using-accurate-world-map-in/  

geoforum.pl (Poland)
Merkator idzie w odstawkę
By JK
https://geoforum.pl/?page=news&id=23343&link=merkator-idzie-w-odstawke

Florida International University News
A different world map makes classroom debut
by Chrystian Tejedor
http://news.fiu.edu/2017/03/a-different-world-map-makes-classroom-debut/110071

Lavan Guardia (Barcelona, Spain)
Todos los mapas mienten

By ALBERT MOLINS RENTER
http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20170326/421180884165/todos-mapas-mienten.html 

IFLScience (UK)
Why Boston Schools Are Not Using This Map Anymore
http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/why-boston-schools-are-not-using-this-map-anymore/
 
Der Spiegel (Germany)
US-Schüler lernen mit neuer Weltkarte
http://www.spiegel.de/lebenundlernen/schule/usa-schueler-in-boston-lernen-mit-neuer-weltkarte-a-1139537.html
 
Mother Nature Network
Boston schools embrace more accurate map - The map most of us are familiar with distorts the size (and importance) of many countries.
By MARY JO DILONARDO
http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/boston-public-schools-embrace-Peters-Projection-map
 
MassLive.com
Boston Public Schools students get new look at the world with 'culturally proficient' map
By Kristin LaFratta
http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2017/03/boston_public_schools_adopt_ne.html  

Atlanta Black Star
Boston Schools Use Modernized Map That Accurately Depicts Size of Africa
By Tanasia Kenney
http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/03/23/boston-schools-use-modernized-maps-accurately-depict-size-africa/

The Indian Express (New Delhi)
From Mercator’s to Gall-Peters projections, how the world maps vary and change: There is no such thing as a fully accurate map, since no curved surface can be projected on a flat surface without distortion.
by Nandini Rathi
http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/web-edits/from-mercators-to-gall-peters-how-the-world-map-cartography-is-changing-for-the-good-4580641/
 
Map Room Blog
The Peters Projection Comes to Boston’s Public Schools
By Jonathan Crowe
http://www.maproomblog.com/2017/03/the-peters-projection-comes-to-bostons-public-schools/

Global Information Network
New look for Africa on ‘corrected’ Boston school maps
http://www.frostillustrated.com/2017/new-look-for-africa-on-corrected-boston-school-maps/
 
DAILY MAIL (UK)
A whole new world: Boston schools replace the map they use in classes with an entirely new projection which better represents the real size of countries
By Joe Sheppard
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4332332/Boston-schools-replace-World-maps-new-projection.html
 
News.com.AU
World map with accurate sizes: Gall-Peters projection throws schools into a spin
http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/design/world-map-with-accurate-sizes-gallpeters-projection-throws-schools-into-a-spin/news-story/6e037fe410d8facbb7706e6d1ff9e682
 
Science Alert
It's Official: Boston's Public Schools Have Ditched This Distorted and Misleading World Map….Everyone else, take note.
By BEC Crew
http://www.sciencealert.com/it-s-official-boston-public-schools-have-ditched-this-distorted-and-misleading-world-map

Maine Public Radio & NPR 
Boston Students Get A Glimpse Of A Whole New World, With Different Maps
By COLIN DWYER 
http://mainepublic.org/post/boston-students-get-glimpse-whole-new-world-different-maps#stream/0
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http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/21/520938221/boston-students-get-a-glimpse-of-a-whole-new-world-with-different-maps

THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE (PAKISTAN)
Public schools in Boston introduce a more accurate world map

By News Desk 
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1363607/public-schools-boston-introduce-accurate-world-map/     (includes a video with nearly 5 million views)
  
Independent (UK)
US schools to get new world map after 500 years of 'colonial' distortion
By Ian Johnston
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/world-map-mercator-peters-gall-projection-boston-globe-us-schools-european-colonial-distortion-bias-a7639101.html
 
Utah Public Education
Boston public schools become the first in the nation to ditch Mercator Projection maps
BY MARK PETERSON
http://utahpubliceducation.org/tag/gall-peters/ 
 
The Expositor
Where in the world is a good map?
By Tim Philp
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2017/03/23/where-in-the-world-is-a-good-map
 
How Maps Change Things Blog
Boston Resets the Standard
by Ward Kaiser
http://www.howmapschangethings.com/news/2017/3/22/map-news-new-maps

livelearnevolve.com
WE HAVE BEEN MISLED BY A FLAWED WORLD MAP FOR 500 YEARS
By SAM AUSTIN
http://livelearnevolve.com/peters-projection-world-map/   

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Free map video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aALCuA9H2KI

Peters Maps available at:
https://manywaystoseetheworld.org/collections/peters-projection-map