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Coronavirus shows us it's time to rethink everything. Let's start with education | George Monbiot

12.05.2020
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The pandemic is a tough lesson in the workings of the natural world - and proves how vital a knowledge of ecology really isImagine mentioning William Shakespeare to a university graduate and discovering they had never heard of him. You would be incredulous. But it's common and acceptable not to know what an arthropod is, or a vertebrate, or to be unable to explain the difference between an insect and spider. No one is embarrassed when a "well-educated" person cannot provide even a rough explanation of the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle or the water cycle, or of how soils form.All this is knowledge as basic as being aware that Shakespeare was a playwright. Yet ignorance of such earthy matters sometimes seems to be worn as a badge of sophistication. I love Shakespeare, and I believe the world would be a poorer and a sadder place without him. But we would survive. The issues about which most people live in ignorance are, by contrast, matters of life and death. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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