My school hosted a wonderful presentation on racism by Jane Elliot ysterday.
One of the points she brought up was the importance of using the Peters Projection Map in classrooms. My school actually uses this map in our classrooms. The Peters projection map is accurate to scale.
If you compare it to the Rand McNally Map you'll see some interesting differences.
1. The equator is in the middle of the map. In Rand McNally the half way point, which should be the equator is in the middle of the US.
2. There are 2 Russias, Two Chinas, Two Indias in the rand McNally and Russia looks much larger than it actually is.
3. Look at Greenland - it looks bigger than Africa on Rand McNally.
4. Most of Europe and the United States take up a full 2/3 of the Rand McNally map.
The Rand McNally map is what I grew up on so at first glance it looked strange - but it is much more accurate. Australia actually uses the Peters projection map upside down - because they are tired of being reffered to as "The land down under"
Rand McNally World Map