Politicians are jumping on the kids are not learning enough history, though frankly not a week goes by without politicians jumping on some sort of hobbyhorse or outrage…
Mind you, they do have sort of a point in this case as they believe that citizenship classes ought to be dropped in favour of more than an hour of history being taught a week.
School history lessons should be overhauled and a British history qualification brought in for 16-year-olds, urges a group of MPs and peers.
The average 13-year-old learns history for just one hour a week, says a report from the all-party parliamentary group.
The government should allow schools in England to replace citizenship classes with history lessons, says the report.
The government said it was looking at history teaching as part of the national curriculum review.
The report, from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on History and Archives, says many schools regard history as too tough for their weaker students and allow them to drop it after two years at secondary school.
It also highlights widespread concerns about the curriculum, in terms both of content and the pace at which it is taught.
“It is very difficult to generate understanding and a sense of chronology in such abbreviated time periods,” says the report.
Yes, citizenship classes are a complete waste of time, they don’t really tell you that much about being a citizen, but rather what the politically correct in the powers that be believe we should know.After all, one of the questions asked is which was the largest immigrant group in the 1980’s along with questions about Ulster Scots dialects…
However history as it is taught is not much better, I love history and have studied various bits and bobs of it over the years, I’m no expert, but I do enjoy it. However school history damned near put me off it for life. There’s no consistency, huge chunks are missed out and for some God awful reason my class were made to study up to O level standard the amazing A Social and Economic History of Britain 1760-1965 by Pauline Gregg which completely missed out the Napoleonic Wars other than as an aside to the repeal of the corn laws. It was a socialists wet dream of a book denigrating the Empire and going on and one about social injustice and slavery without mentioning that it was the Royal Navy that helped stamp it out. Plenty about the Chartists and the Peterloo massacre along with the Tolpuddle martyrs but no mention of WW1. It truly had to be read to be believed (or not believed in most cases)
So yes, I’m all in favour of British history being taught, but I do wonder just what British history will be taught…