Coming from Niall Ferguson, the provocative Harvard university history professor, the assertion may be more contentious still.
Professor Ferguson was the television historian who provided a model for the brash young teacher in The History Boys, who rejected facts as dull, insisting it was more important to captivate his students. Writing in The TES today, Professor Ferguson says teachers, rather than continuing their "excessive concentration" on the Third Reich should emphasise the openended paths of history.
"We are failing to capitalise on this generation of schoolchildren's preference for open-ended games over set narratives," he writes. My sons are addicted to Second World War computer games. They know historical outcomes are not pre-ordained: sometimes they win and sometimes they lose."
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