A Student of History

December 27, 2006

“World events,” not history, pupils want

Filed under: The Academy,The world today — John Maass @ 5:02 pm

From London:

Historians have raised fears that A-level history will be “dumbed down” after teachers called for a new course with more film and TV for less academic teenagers.

An Ofsted report found that many pupils wanted to drop British history and focus on world events, which they said would be more useful for their future careers.

The Historical Association described the findings as “worrying”, and urged teachers to use more imagination to make lessons interesting.

Isn’t it interesting that the students think that world events would be more useful to them (how?, I wonder) but do not seem to think that a knowledge fo history would be?  How are they to make sense though of “current events” without the background to see them in historical perspective?

The rest of the piece is here.

1 Comment »

  1. Perhaps they will spark more of an interest in history by teaching about current events. Current events may be the hook that has the students look further. For example, current events in the Middle East require that you have more than a passing knowledge of England’s influence in the ME during and after WWI. Another example would be someone who reads about China’s current buildup of their navy and in turn becomes interested in England’s leading role in naval history.
    The story is a bummer, but I’m a glass half full kinda girl.

    Comment by Maggie — December 31, 2006 @ 12:36 am | Reply

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