From BBC online comes the scarcely believable news that fishing may soon become an option as part of the school curriculum in Scotland. Sounds incredible, slightly bizarre, but surely to be warmly welcomed. Quoted from the article:
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is understood to be close to approving the study of topics such as game angling and river management. Pupils would learn about things like fish biology and water chemistry. The idea came from Angling for Youth Development (AFYD) – a group set up to encourage young people to take up the sport and keep them out of trouble.
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The qualifications could also include topics such as the history of angling, casting techniques, water safety and angling and wildlife law. AFYD believes that good anglers need to have a knowledge of science, geology, geography and natural and social history.
Well I never, what do you say to that!? The fact that people with power over these things are choosing to recognise and highlight the genuinly positive aspects of angling is fantastic. Casting fishing as something connected to nature, with benefits for all, as opposed to something which only plunders is a great step forward.
Seriously though, can you image having distance casting lessons in third perid instead of cross-country running? Amazing thought. And what about fly tying. Some of those `art’ flies go way beyond what I ever did in art class. Definitely potential there..
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