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UK schools by julwis on 3 April 2006 12:58pm
 
Saw this on the IMDb today in the news section, looks like the easter bunny has come early......

"Palin's Book Set To Hook Kids on Geography

Actor Michael Palin is sending his travel book Himalaya to every high school in the UK in a bid to make children enthusiastic about geography. The 62-year-old former Monty Python star is horrified by falling interest in the traditional subject and has agreed to ambassador a plan to revive interest among 11 to 18-year-olds. Schools minister Andrew Adonis says, "I can't imagine a more relevant subject. We'd all be lost without it. Geography matters to all. It is the gateway to understanding the rich variety of landscapes and cultures around the world. Our investment will give teachers support... to make geography teaching more inspirational and relevant. We want pupils to enjoy geography and to develop their analytical skills by exploring the world around them." Himalaya follows Palin's six-month trip across the 1,550 mile Asian mountain range, and was also filmed and made into a TV miniseries."

The original link is http://uk.imdb.com/news/wenn/2006-04-03/ at the bottom of the page
 
Re: UK schools by montyfreak0234 on 4 April 2006 12:44am
 
"we dont need no education......we dont need no thought control....no dark sarcasim in the classroom teachers leave them kids alone HEY TEACHER LEAVE THEM KIDS ALONE all and all its just another brick in the wall" I had o do it, how can you go wrong with Pink Floyd
 
Re: UK schools by Wild in Africa on 5 April 2006 4:08pm
 
Montyfreak...your point being? It's pointless Michael Palin or anyone else trying to improve kids education because Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters said so, or that you agree with Michael that Geography and education as a whole is in fact beneficial to kids no matter how 'uncool' they find it and is probably likely to do more for them in the long run than knowing all the lyrics from 'The Wall' (and I speak as a Floyd fan who saw them three times in the 1970s myself)
 
Re: UK schools by montyfreak0234 on 5 April 2006 9:08pm
 
I had no point...
 
Re: UK schools by Ellerd on 5 April 2006 10:36pm
 
In my high school geography lessons, we learnt nothing of countries and cultures. We spent the time learning about rocks and cows and land-use issues. Real boring stuff. My class had about ten other people in it. I don't find it at all surprising that interest in the subject is waning.

I think its a good idea by MP though. I just hope the teachers get around to giving out the books, in between teaching about rocks and cows and land-use issues...
 
Re: UK schools by Wild in Africa on 7 April 2006 5:41pm
 
Hey, what's wrong with Rocks and cows and Land Use stuff? I did my first degree in Geology which was fascinating, and then went on to do Land Resource Planning (in developing countries) which gave me the great basis for my original career, and as for cows.Don't you drink milk, eat cheese!!
 
Re: UK schools by montyfreak0234 on 8 April 2006 12:32am
 
Someone in my school mistook Australia for China....
 
Re: UK schools by Ellerd on 11 April 2006 3:02pm
 
^^"Hey, what's wrong with Rocks and cows and Land Use stuff? I did my first degree in Geology which was fascinating, and then went on to do Land Resource Planning (in developing countries) which gave me the great basis for my original career, and as for cows.Don't you drink milk, eat cheese!!"

LOL WiA! Just wasn't my cup of tea. I would've taken geology instead of geography if I wanted to learn the difference between igneous and sedimentary rocks. And then there was my Geography teacher, who pulled me up in front of the whole class and when I couldn't recall the difference between igneous and sedimentary, blew his top off! I'd never seen him so angry!!

^^"Someone in my school mistook Australia for China...."

Oh dear...
 
Re: UK schools by arty_farty on 18 April 2006 12:17pm
 
well thats sedimentary my dear Ellard.

i once hid under my history teacher's desk while everyone else ran out of the fire escape. they all got rumbled by teach... and once he had everyone setteld and was stood by the desk i grabbed his ankle and he shot a foot in the air.
bloody funny
the funnier thing was that i had said hello to him but he didn't know where it came from.
^_^
 
Re: UK schools by Sophie-Louise on 23 April 2006 3:54am
 
that's a fab idea! although i think some weird school kids will think it's uncool to read about a 60 year old. don't ask me why, cos i loved his books at their age. but i hope it works out! good try!

 



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