On 21 March 2010 the UK newspaper The Observer carried an article on the TV historian author Nail Ferguson entitled, ‘Rid our schools of junk history‘
In the article Ferguson says that teaching in UK schools should focus more on chronology and the ascent of Europe in world history. He’s especially adamant that aspects of taught history should be connected and, regarding European history, it needs to be a continuum from c1500 i.e. through the decline of the Holy Roman Empire, the rise of Lutheranism, Calvinism and Protestantism in general and the development of colonialism, chattle-slavery and capitalism.
Generally his standpoint on modern history is LSE-elitist and pro-colonial and, therefore not my normal cup of tea. But regarding the way history is currently taught in UK schools is an interesting one and one I agree with up to a point ~ do read the article, I’d appreciate your views.