2nd February 2001 at 00:00
ALTHOUGH I agree that many young people have major gaps in their historical knowledge making GCSE history compulsory would not help. At my school a course is used covering medicine through time, early-Victorian England, the conflict in Irland and local castles. Making this compulsory would not improve misconceptions about the Great Fire of London and world wars, which were studied in Year 9.

Katy Ellerton

Pinfold, Nicholson Lane

Penrith, Cumbria

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