In a world of electronics, why we still learn the map and compass

Why do we bother to teach map reading still, since “everyone” has a GPS?

Wholly apart from plotting the Sweet Tea Line, there is this: Batteries die. Wonderful post at the secret life of a teacher.

While you’re there, gander at his proposals for Alaska’s death-defying fishercrabmen, and a response, and a redirect. When I read it, I thought it had to be the result of a classroom exercise. What could your kids design, if you gave them a dangerous situation somewhere in the world affecting some culture, and asked them to come up with a solution?

2 Responses to In a world of electronics, why we still learn the map and compass

  1. raincoaster says:

    I cannot believe the inaccuracies and lazy thinking that are the legacy of the GPS. I’ve been dragged for hours through the Canadian bush because my yuppie friend thought that if the lake did not appear on the GPS the lake did not exist. Unfortunately for us, the lake did indeed exist, right through the carefully-plotted route.

    It doesn’t do any good to be able to tell direction with a pointed stick (as I learned in the Guides). It only causes the yuppies to get all offended-like and stage a sit-in, right there on the trail.

    I should have left him for the wolves.


  2. ogremkv says:

    Thank you for the kind words. I’m planning on using something like your question in my AP Environmental Science class this fall. Maybe in Physics too.


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