Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Who killed, uh, British history?

Along with Albania and Iceland, Britain is now one of the few countries in Europe not to require the study of history after the age of 14.
Anthony Beevor in The Guardian Online today.

It's an amazing thing, how every country in the world has historians who can prove that their country teaches its young people less history than any other country in the world.

In the same issue, James Vernon takes issue with the British Education Minister's history-teaching plan, which he summarizes as:
If history is popular on TV, it can be made popular at school. With a better product, made accessible and exciting by narrative, the customers, aka pupils, will follow.
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