See Anthony Beevor’s article from the UK Guardian about history in schools.
“Is history as good as finished? Our school system seems to think so. Often it seems that the teaching of history is treated by the educational establishment as the rough equivalent of the teaching of dead languages: an unnecessary luxury of a bygone age, and something the modern world no longer requires. In the most recent debates about the national curriculum, history has been granted the status of an “inessential subject”. This is a grave and myopic mistake.”