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Boston Students Get A Glimpse Of A Whole New World, With Different Maps

In a bid to "decolonize the curriculum," Boston Public Schools has swapped into some classrooms the Peters projection — a map meant to more accurately portray continent sizes.

Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one laminated 24-by-36-inch sheet of paper at a time.

Beginning last Thursday, Boston Public Schools administrators have been sending social studies teachers in the second, seventh and 11th grades new maps for their classrooms — depictions that more accurately portray the sizes of Earth's continents.

When many people picture a map of the world, what they're probably thinking of is a Mercator projection, a representation that despite

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