John Greenlees

History’s vital role in the war of hearts and minds

To prevent a repeat of past atrocities, it is vital to teach pupils about subjects such as Hiroshima and the Holocaust

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I recently asked a class of 14-year-olds what they knew about Hiroshima. Only seven out of 30 had heard of the Japanese city, which was the target for the world’s first deployed atomic bomb. The pupils knew very little of the devastation and misery caused by the nuclear strike; their knowledge of the Second World War and the Holocaust was similarly sketchy.

If our future is shaped by our understanding of the past, then we must do more to teach pupils about the terrible events that disgrace the recent history of the world. The lack of mandatory and precise curriculum guidelines means that ...

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