It was sad, but no surprise, to read this article. I naturally loved geography at school (my Mum is a geography teacher, my Dad is very into maps and their enthusiasm rubbed off) but others aren't so inspired.
When I went round a local secondary school I was disappointed that the geography classrooms seem uninspired. I asked them about GIS but they said they didn't have much funds, it all going to science [my husband is a science teacher and retorted "they always say that!"]. There is so much you can do to enthuse children in geography. I talk maps and geography lots at home - now there's a thing - and the girls sometimes even seem keen.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking geography teachers at all. If I thought I could do better I'd be one. But as surveyors we should be aware of education and offer to go in and take the odd lesson if needs be. I did at my daughter's primary school; the kids loved it but it was hard work! TSA and geomatics.org offer to lend surveying equipment which is a useful resource (NB, geomatics.org website is currently down).