Boston public schools get new world maps

Submitted on Tue, 05/30/2017 - 07:04

Boston public schools get new, different looking world maps

BOSTON -- In an attempt to "decolonize the curriculum", the Boston public school system is adopting the controversial Peters projection of maps of the world for its second-, seventh- and eleventh-grade classrooms. 

What it's replacing, the 500-year-old Mercator projection, distorts the shapes of the continents in such a way to make Europe and North America seem larger, relative to South America and Africa, than they really are.

Peters maps "offer a more culturally proficient view of the
world," according to a school board statement.