GPS & other aids...
Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 30 Sep 1994 05:01:23 EDT
Quoting From: Martin Flynn maflynn@GENIE.GEIS.COM
===>> The next issue is the onslaught of handheld GPS receivers - why bother
learning how to use the compass and map when the GPS will tell you exactly
where you are?
Martin, I agree completely... it's tha same issue with CAP (and formally the
Air Scouts) with learning the slide rule for navagation, and with our kids
in school now using calculators instead of having to do "manual" math,
I feel that they DO need to learn the _manual_ way of doing things (morse
code instead of the no-code Ham, navagate with a compass and sextant, etc..)
but once they do know how to do it that way, there's no real need to
continue to do it that way.
Once a Sea Scout/Explorer has learned the manual way (so they HAVE the skill
if needed) then go ahead and let them use the GPS (handheld or mounted)...
[I use a bumper mounted GPS with a serial computer interface when out
four-wheeling even in areas I already know... just to be safe].
I'm disappointed that my son hasn't learned morse code, and that they don't
teach slide rules in school anymore... but technology is here and we do need
to adapt with it.
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