Hardly any of our country’s schools give our children more than the haziest outline of the history of our Planet. Because ignorance is such a delicate exotic fruit and like all fruits a means of dispersal, the ignorance fosters itself. This is why the almost complete absence of Geology from Schools continues to be accepted with such phlegm by the Great British Public. They have never heard of it. However it seems to me that where the planet came from, how long it took to get here, what happened on the way, and how life evolved on it, is every bit as serious as the parallelogram of forces, the properties of nitrates, the manufacturing out put of Sweden or the interior decor of some luckless earthworm.
Geology faces issues which other sciences cannot reach. Asks some of the profoundest questions humankind can ask. Questions that cannot be answered anywhere else. Without at least outline knowledge of its tenants, no one in this century can consider themselves even half-educated.
An extract from an article by Ted Nield in ‘New Scientist’ 6 March 1986
NOT TOTALLY STUNTED JUST IGNORANT!
"My own background is disgracefully narrow. I feel ill equipped and impoverished intellectually, by not having a basic scientific background. I can harvest some of the excitement by reading lay literature called ‘Popular Science’. My sense of wonder is unimpaired. I am not totally stunted, just ignorant, because I have no science". Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Education 16 June 1985 in an Interview.
Great way to get into Geology books by Richard Fortey, ‘Life’ and another called, ‘Earth’.