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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Globes Should be Accompanied with a Heart


Globe for Kids by Stellanova 11-inch Illuminated

"Globes enhance children's understanding of the world they live in."

This is the 'mottovation' (motto + motivation) guiding us here at Ultimate Globes. In fact, that is the gist of the description of our Children's Globes page.

Simple-sounding really – "understanding the world they live in". Fit for children. One educational materials seller described the advantages of educational globes succinctly:

A Globe, being a model of the Earth, can be seen and comprehended very easily. The globe represents the shape of the earth fairly accurately and it shows oceans and continents. Educational Globes enables us to make comparisons of areas, the correct position of a point on the earth. Latest political boundaries, names of all Capitals and other important Towns, Seas, and Rivers ...

The world inherited by children

The first maps and globes weren't actually made for ordinary children – they were made by wise men for kings and princes, armies, global businessmen (and their children).

It is partly because of the actions of these people on the actual globe that the world, as evidenced by its writing systems, is the way it is today:

Wikimedia Commons (Via Washington Post)
Washington Post sees this map as the development of four major events in history:

  • European colonialism
  • Arab-speaking Islamic conquests of the 7th century
  • Russian expansions of the 19th and 20th centuries; and
  • Ongoing unifications of India and China

These historical events were bloody – and children need to understand why worldwide bloodshed is happening. Having maps and globes on hand is a good way for children to at least yearn to set the world to right. Because children can also be taught to covet lands not theirs – as the children of conquering nations were taught in their time. Understanding the world is one of the first steps to world peace – or, if children are conditioned that the world is theirs for the taking, world troubles.

This map of Colonial Africa and its description by Max Fisher at Washington Post, is particularly illustrative:

Those arbitrary borders are still with us today, in part because African leaders agreed not to dispute them when they won independence. The borders contribute significantly to conflict and unrest on the continent because there are so many diverse communities forced together.
Poignant.

I guess what I'm saying is this: there's nothing better than having globes and maps to teach children the different places on earth. But children should be taught (and shown) the right values – or else they're doomed to repeat the steps of their bloody ancestors.

Hopefully, with globes and the right values, our children will be taught to understand the world well. Here's hoping they would be able to wipe the slate clean and create a cleaner, safer world of peace.

Writable Globe (24-inch Inflatable)

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