A Student of History

March 21, 2008

Forget 1066 & all that

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 5:44 am

The Bayeux Tapestry

Children should not be taught to remember key historical dates such as the Battle of Hastings but should instead learn “life skills”, teachers have claimed.  This from the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Mary Bousted, general secretary, also said:

“Is the world going to collapse if they don’t know ‘To Be, or Not to Be?’ Our national curriculum should be far more focused on the development of life skills and ways of working than whether or not we teach the Battle of Hastings.”

1 Comment »

  1. One of the greatest skills in life is being able to recite a bit of Hamlet’s soliloquy.

    Avoiding battles and arrows in your eye also seems, to me, to be a valuable sort of lesson. Is there some substance to the association’s remarks, or just this snark they’re on about?

    Got a link?

    Comment by Ed Darrell — April 17, 2008 @ 2:51 am | Reply

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