Rid UK schools of junk history ~ what think you?


Niall Ferguson

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.

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About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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One Response to Rid UK schools of junk history ~ what think you?

  1. Colin Dyson says:

    The teaching and interpretation of modern history can only be fully understandale within a political context. Something which is simply not done and has never been done wth in the English education system. Educators should take note of the French education system in this respect though the French education system is a result of a revoluntiary process something which in respect of England I live in hope, 3 meals away……

    love Robespierre

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