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Geography has grow to be ‘mushy choice for not very vivid, posh sixth formers’, complains Oxford professor

  • Professor Danny Dorling stated undergraduates aren’t at all times good at maths 
  • Claimed geography has had an affiliation with the higher class because the 1970s 
  • He additionally attacked the careers many geography graduates go on to embark on

By Sarah Harris for the Day by day Mail

Printed: 18:24 EST, 27 November 2019 | Up to date: 18:34 EST, 27 November 2019

It is a topic that has been studied by luminaries together with Prince William, Theresa Could and Mom Teresa.

However a number one Oxford professor says geography has ‘become a soft option’ for youngsters from rich backgrounds who don’t have the sharpest brains.

Professor Danny Dorling claimed geography departments ‘have some of the narrowest and poshest social profiles’ at universities.

The tutorial, a fellow at St Peter’s School, stated undergraduates could have gained excessive examination grades in school however ‘are often not good at maths, writing or imagination’.

Prince William (pictured above) studied geography on the College of St Andrews in Scotland

Theresa Could (left) studied geography on the College of Oxford and Mom Teresa (proper) taught the topic

Former Chilean chief Augusto Pinochet (pictured above) studied army geography 

He insisted: ‘Geography in the UK has become a soft option for those who come from upper-middle class families where increasingly you are expected to go to university.’ 

Professor Dorling stated geography’s affiliation with the ‘English upper classes’ will be traced again to the late 1970s. 

Beforehand, boys from prime non-public faculties tended to enter the army or the Metropolis aged 18. 

Writing within the journal Emotion, House and Society, the tutorial stated of scholars: ‘They were more and more usually seen by their peers as not having done that well and hence having had to apply to study geography.’

Professor Dorling (pictured above) stated geography’s affiliation with the ‘English upper classes’ will be traced again to the late 1970s

The 51-year-old, who went to state faculties, additionally attacked the careers that geography graduates embark on.

He stated: ‘Many of them can then take their university degrees and head out to banking, advertising and management and make the world an even worse place.’

He claimed geography remained ‘the favourite subject of those who create hostile environments for immigrants, who create political parties that border on the fascist, of warmongers, bankers and imperialists’. 

He stated local weather change and rising international inequality has helped revive curiosity within the topic. 

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls (left) graduated with a level in geography from the College of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1986. Actor Hugh Dennis (proper) learn geography on the College of Cambridge

‘But geography in the UK has become a soft option for those who come from upper-middle class families…especially for those who were privileged (and so often have high GCSE marks) but are not actually that good at maths or writing or reading or science or imagination,’ he added. 

He additionally criticised the exams system. He stated: ‘As educators we’re left in Britain with the very difficult job of explaining to college students who could have been awarded an A, A*, or 9 or eight at maths or English at GCSE that this doesn’t imply that they’re good at these topics and can be capable to assume imaginatively about knowledge or write engagingly a few subject. 

College students to have studied geography embody Immanuel Kant. Rob Andrew and Hugh Dennis 

It often simply means they had been taught the way to bounce by means of the hoops of the British GCSE marking system nicely.’

Yesterday, Professor Dorling conceded that the outlook for geography is ‘beginning to change’. However he burdened: ‘We could do, nationally, with a far wider range of applicants.’

Different well-known faces to have studied geography embody Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, actor Hugh Dennis and former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.


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