A district will drop the Mercator projection, which physically diminished Africa and South America, for the Peters, which the developed world down to size

When Boston public schools introduced a new standard map of the world this week, some young students’ felt their jaws drop. In an instant, their view of the world had changed.

The USA was small. Europe too had suddenly shrunk. Africa and South America appeared narrower but also much larger than usual. And what had happened to Alaska?

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Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion © Guardian News & Media Ltd


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