Geography in a good place

5th May 2006 at 01:00
Alex Standish (Opinion, TES, April 21) provocatively equates modern geography teaching with the indoctrination of young people in global ethics, and learning founded on opinion.

Without understanding how social, economic and environmental changes affect people, places and regions, we will not equip students with the basis for independent moral judgement.

This remains an essential part of good geography lessons and in the hands of a good teacher, geography undoubtedly opens young minds, and challenges young people to think logically about their place in our complex world.

Pupils will always have opinions; the action plan for geography and curriculum reviews should help all teachers ensure that pupils' opinions are rooted in understanding.

Rita Gardner

Director, Royal Geographical Society and Government Adviser for Geography

1 Kensington Gore

London

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