The discussion of history and its importance continues apace here in UK-land. And the latest journalist/historian to enter the lists is none other than Simon Jenkins.
Of course, much of the interest and outrage over the issue stems from the last government’s proposal to wholly abandon the teaching of history as a subject, and instead combine it with geography, and call the hybrid morass, humanities. And whilst this act of intellectual philistinism never came to pass–thank heavens!–there are still weekly reports that history teaching is often and usually sacrificed by teachers in primary schools who find the curriculum already too full–so they just don’t teach it, or they teach it no more than an hour per week…
(Draw your own conclusions on how effective this is…And you in the back, those high-pitched “whats?” you’ve been uttering with ever increasing frequency can only be heard by the dog.)
Now, where was I? Oh, yes. Simon Jenkins’s articulate and well-presented rant, which is also an advert for his new book on the subject of English history.
Behold his gambit: “Damn the national curriculum. First teach history. Continue reading