Traditional geography teaching is to be sidelined in favour of studying global warming, Third-World trade and the 2012 Olympics.
A major shake-up of the secondary school curriculum aims to make subjects "more relevant" by introducing "modern day issues".
It is rather obvious that the issue here is that these children are not knowledgeable enough to actually learn about these incredibly high-level ideas that are affected by science, politics, history, geography, resources, what is needed for survival, etc. Thus the children will be presented with information to parrot, and asked to draw invalid conclusions based on what they 'feel' is right, without any actual knowledge of all the factors required for a true understanding from which an intelligent decision could be made.
If this is what is considered progress in the curriculum, then we have not yet seen the darkest part of the night before the dawn of true educational reform.
Mr Balls will announce that "sustainable development" will become a compulsory part of the geography curriculum. Pupils will learn to understand relationships between people and the environment by studying the impact of the tsunami.
They will also conduct fieldwork projects such as "the regeneration of East London as part of the 2012 Olympics".
And they will explore globalisation by looking at the impact of their choices as consumers, including buying clothes and trainers.
Schools minister Lord Adonis said: "We want geography to excite pupils so that they continue studying the subject when they leave school."
Oh yeah--a sure way to excite pupils is try to convince them their modern lifestyle which has served them well is terrible. Set them up for a huge conflict and for fighting with their parents about all the choices in the household sounds like a sure-fire way to keep kids interested.
Where do they find these people?