Pupil view

12th November 2004 at 00:00
"I was interested to discover that when I filled in the questionnaire in Year 7, when I was 11, I was less sure about learning the type of history that could easily offend or hurt people. I wrote that slavery should be learned about, but not if people will become offended, and I also thought that it might be a good idea to make some comments in history lessons about racism.

"Now that I'm in Year 10, I think that even at the risk of hurting people we should be educated so that we know what happened in the past. My views on being taught sensitive issues in school have become much stronger. I'm not sure if it's just a part of growing up or if I'm more aware of intolerance in the world, because of events like the war in Iraq. Anyway, I think learning all kinds of history is a good thing."

Imogen Neale, Year 10, Rye St Antony School, Oxford, 2004

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