This article was published in the TES on Friday this week.
We live in a democracy; everyone’s opinion counts. Schools exist (in
part) to ensure that future citizens have the resources to make
political judgements. Lots of things feed into that – an ability to
digest and deconstruct an argument, a degree of empathy for others’
opinions. But critical to future citizens taking views on, say, the
bombing of Syria or the movement of refugees across national boundaries,
is that those citizens have a reasonably accurate world picture – based
on geographical knowledge.
In an uncertain, unsafe world, we all need geography more than ever.