Give us debate, not prejudice

7th January 2005 at 00:00
Alex Standish complains that geography has lost its bearings due to a narrowing of the geographical content of the curriculum. Bizarrely, he claims this is partly due to too much teaching of global issues and that this is a retreat from geography's intellectual foundations.

Standish should know that knowledge and understanding of the world has always been at geography's core: it has also had an interest in global citizenship, whether in the service of Empire, in the interests of international peace in the 1930s, or more recently concerned with development and environmental issues.

He offers no evidence for his claims that teachers are failing to keep up with a changing world and "turning away from the discipline's ideas and knowledge".

We need a serious debate about what geography can offer the 21st century - but this collection of half-baked theories and prejudice dressed up as fact is not it.

Dr John Hopkin. 30 Greenhill Road. Moseley, Birmingham

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now