The Importance of Maps and Navigation Skills

It was interesting to read the recent Guardian editorial under the headline “Map-reading skills are about so much more than navigation. They should be treasured”.  Spot on I say.  The article makes the point that too many people now place their complete confidence in GPS-enabled phones and sat-navs while ignoring the obvious features of the landscape and navigation – skills built up over thousands of years of humankind interacting with their physical environment.  I’m a huge fan of technology, but technology to assist in a process not to deskill the individual.

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