Author(s): David J. Smith
At this moment, there are 6.8 billion people on the planet! It's hard to picture so many people at one time - but what if we imagine the whole world as a village of just 100 people? In this village: 21 people speak a Chinese dialect, 10 earn less than two dollars a day, 14 cannot read or write, 45 have a television in their homes, 47 do not always have enough to eat. If the World Were a Village tells us who we are, where we live, how fast we are growing, what languages we speak, what religions we practice and more. This new edition updates and expands the statistics and provides new information on food security, energy consumption and health.
A teacher with 26 years' experience teaching geography (his passion), history, and English, David Smith has been on leave from his school in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1992. Since then, he has made the world his classroom. In a typical week he may travel from Romania to CCES to Alaska to Kenya. In fact, he gives lectures and workshops for educators all over the world. The renowned educator won the U.S. Department of Education's A+ for Breaking the Mold Award for his highly successful geography curriculum, Mapping the World by Heart. If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World's People was published in 2002 to widespread acclaim.