November 21, 2017 is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.


Geography Counts

A recent Facebook post shows a video of people being asked to locate the country of South Korea on a map. The people shown in the video are unable to locate the country.

What’s most surprising is that when they are asked to guess where South Korea is, they try to locate it in such places as Canada, South America, Australia, and Europe.

Basic literacy in the twenty-first century includes the ability to locate countries in the news on a map.

Here are some maps to help you learn where South Korea and other countries are.

World Map

Central-Eastern Europe

Middle East

Central America and the Caribbean

South America

World Map and the Korean peninsula

Homophones for your first-grader

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Dr. Maddox Tackles School Reform at Bellaonline

The American English Doctor writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline. Here are links to seven recent articles. […]

Dyslexia Movie Revisited

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Basic Literacy and Parents

As long as large numbers of thirteen-year-olds are being allowed to pass to high school classes without having mastered the skills of basic literacy, parents must supplement the work of the elementary schools. […]