Geography, a subject fit for a king

10th December 2010 at 00:00

I have just returned to Britain after three years in the US where people, at every opportunity, shout their pride at being American. Why not so over here?

A lot of this reticence boils down to the great British reserve. I have always felt Great Britain has so much going for it, but we brush this aside to the point where we almost seem ashamed of our roots.

The place to start tackling this lack of patriotism or indifference is in our schools where we should give our island's history and geography a far greater prominence. Yes, we teach the Tudors, Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada, but what about Elizabeth II?

How many know that the current royal family's surname Windsor was an invention of George V? And what better time to start embracing our Britishness and celebrating what we have than with that happiest of national events - a royal wedding?

Why not devote time in our curriculum to find out about the history of our monarchy and our heritage? As a teacher-turned writer, I would be delighted to help any like-minded teachers wanting to celebrate not just the royal wedding but a history of the monarchy, our culture, our people and all our weird and wonderful customs.

Sue Russell,

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