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A Government e-Petition for Geography?

August 26, 2011

“e-petitions is an easy way for you to influence government policy in the UK. You can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.”

This is a serious and powerful political tool if enough weight is put behind it.

Famously the most popular petition argues that “convicted London rioters should loose all benefits” with over 220,000 supporters. There are many other brutal petitions but many are very sensible too. In 4th place with just over 50,000 supporters is “make financial education a compulsory part of the school curriculum” and this is the highest rating education related petition.

There is a single petition which mentions the importance of geography in schools. This ‘Environmental Education” petition has 19 supporters and is firmly an environmental argument.

In light of the importance of geography education and the fall in number of young people taking the subject I think it would be worthwhile having an e-petition for geography..

What do you think such a petition should ask for? What are the key ‘asks’ to be debated in the House of Commons?

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 26, 2011 09:59

    50,000 for financial education, eh? That pesky PFEG is powerful. But they seem to see citizens as consumers. They don’t seem to consider values very much. Their supporters could do with setting a better example in the financial sector, couldn’t they?

    Thanks for alerting us to the environmental education / geography petition.

    This Govt e-petition has had a lot of coverage but it would take a considerable effort to get up there towards a hundred thousand. (Unless you want to hang ’em and flog ’em, it seems.)

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