Uncanny, really If the balaclava fits...

15th December 2006 at 00:00
Teachers of history know their onions, or at least their subject. So when Peter Hillis, professor of history education at Strathclyde University, rose to speak at the history teachers' annual conference in front of Ernest Hood's painting, The Thin Red Line, he was immediately seized of the implications.

The depiction of the repulse of the Russians by the Highland Brigade's "thin red line" at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 brought to mind a success, although the battle was regarded as a draw with many casualties.

As history teachers battle on for their subject, Hillis commented: "The analogy is not quite appropriate for teachers - yet".

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