Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Historians as czars? Historians as celebrities?

Classicist and blogger Mary Beard condemns the appointment of historian and documentarian Simon Schama as Britain's "czar" for reforming the school history curriculum. Schools and curricula need to be reformed by educators, not celebrities, she declares. Schama, much as she likes him as a person and a writer, is not qualified to rebuild the schools. He's just famous. "This is celebrity culture at its most meretricious," she declares.

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