Worldly wisdom

9th February 2007 at 00:00
We are delighted to note the emphasis on geography in the proposed new 11-14 curriculum. After years at the margins it is as if there were a new realisation of the subject's power to inspire.

Young people today have a lot to get their heads around and some geographical issues can seem overwhelming, such as global poverty and injustice or the impact of global climate change. These are, of course, connected and their study through geography brings this link to the fore.

Geography cannot tell people how to live, but it can help people to ask the right kind of questions about our relationship with the environment, how we organise society and its production and consumption of food, water and energy. The subject can contribute a great deal to an education for the future and we look forward to the new curriculum arrangements.

David Lambert, Chief Executive Of The Geographical Association, Sheffield

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