We ignore history at our peril

7th November 1997 at 00:00
A country that neglects its own history is in danger of losing its sense of identity. We seem to be too mindful of apologising for our imperial past, while bending over backwards to accommodate the needs of our ethnic minorities.

As a result the teaching of history from the cultural perspective of the indigenous population is being neglected. Coupled with this is the reduction of the subject to a rump status at GCSE. I confidently predict the death of history at key stage 4 in some schools within the next 10 years, especially as schools look to improve their GCSE pass rates.

Academic rigour is now no longer an issue in education, as schools enter their pupils for "easy" boards in an effort to inflate their league-table results. Sixth forms are now packed with students taking a wide and bizarre range of subjects so that schools can play the numbers game - I regularly meet sixth-formers counting fire extinguishers as part of their studies.

Education is becoming an adjunct to the world of work, and academic subjects are an optional irrelevance.


History teacher 16 Taylors Close, Sidcup, Kent

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