Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | September 24, 2010

5 Regions of the Country

We went to back-to-school night last night. In 4th grade, Dori will learn all about New Jersey and also the 5 regions of the country. We’re wondering how they’ll classify those regions: North Jersey, South Jersey, Central Jersey, New York and Long Island????

New Jersey view of the world

We call it the Jersey-centric view of the world.

(And if you’re wondering what the official 5 regions of the U.S. are, they’re Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West)


  1. When we lived in California there were several people who believe Colorado was “The Midwest” and/or had never been East of the Rockies. If nothing else, our kids will have some perspective growing up on both coasts.

  2. When I was in fourth grade in NYC, we studied the history of our city. I doubt the teacher ever mentioned New Jersey except to teach us that it was on the other side of the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. (To this day, I remember her telling us that we should know the major bridges and tunnels in and around NYC. I had thought learning all that stuff would be a monumental task!)

    The fact that Dori is learning about the whole metropolitan area and not just New Jersey goes to show the differences in the way New Yorkers and New Jerseyans perceive themselves!

    But also, a major part of New Jersey’s history is that they were not on the “right” side during the Revolutionary War. They supported the King. We lived in New Jersey when my son was in fourth grade. As I recall, the teacher merely glossed over this aspect of New Jersey’s history.

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