Friday, 4 December 2015

The importance of Geography

This article was published in the TES on Friday this week.

It describes the importance of Geography (and Global Learning), and is written by Kevin Stannard who has been a big supporter of school geography for many years.

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.

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