Thursday, January 10, 2013

Failing To Understand The Concept Of "History".

Lester Holloway isn't happy that Michael Gove wants school history to have more Cromwell and less Seacole*:
The 2012 Olympics were surely evidence that he cannot turn back the clock to a bygone age.
Er, that is kind of the point of history.

* Mary Seacole seems to have been a remarkable woman but the apparent role she has in school history is out of proportion to her importance as a historical figure. Also school history needs to give a rough grounding in the development of the nation rather than projecting current obsessions with race and sex backwards.


Macheath said...

It may be the point of history as you or I might define the word but, somewhere along the line, the meaning seems to have changed in the context of education.

It would be more honest to have redesignated the subject 'Historical Studies', rather than allowing the illusion to persist that the subject matter would in any way equip pupils with a knowledge of significant events from the past.

Anonymous said...

I think he understands the concept of history perfectly...

"Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past"