No more wars

Their finest hour? Huh? World War I and World War II may be dropped from the British curriculum if the national exams board decides they won’t be on the test.

According to drafts produced earlier this year, studies on six compulsory periods of time would be replaced with an emphasis on themes running throughout time.

Pupils currently study mandatory units including one headed “The World after 1900”, which covers World War I, World War II, the Holocaust, the Cold War and the Vietnam War.

But the planned guidance shown to some schools failed to specifically mention the world wars.

The ministry wants schools to spend less time on world history to create more time to teach basic reading and math skills to students who’ve fallen behind.

Outraged Brits, who are about to celebrate the end of World War I as Remembrance Day, are likely to get the wars back in the curriculum.

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  1. This sounds to me like the archtypal city council, who responds to any demand to cut taxes by threatening to eliminate the fire department and the high school football team. The message here seems to be “if you make us teach reading and math, we’ll stop teaching WWI and WWII history.”

    Reading and basic math, of course, should be taught in the first few grades, anyhow, and shouldn’t really be a conflict for time.

  2. Wayne Martin says:

    I corresponded with a college student in London for a couple of years via Instant Messenger. She was a senior at one of the local universities. She was totally ignorant of British and US history. All she had to say about current affairs she seemed to pick up on campus, and was unable to back up any of her claims with facts.

    It won’t be long before Britain will be gone.

  3. Richard Nieporent says:

    They are just trying to see if George Santayana was right.

  4. Also, it seems to me that “an emphasis on themes running throughout time” lends itself to indoctrination much better than a chronological approach.

  5. In my experience, teaching through “themes” is indeed a way in which to subvert the curriculum to include ideological indoctrination.

    Every school I know with a freshman program that uses a thematic approach takes advantage of that to implement themes that open themselves to leftist diatribe, and individual instructors who have chosen to move to a thematic approach to literature and/or composition have inevitably chosen themes that are friendly to leftist concerns.

    I’d bet good money that one of the “themes” in this proposed course will be imperialism. Another will probably be racism.

  6. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Let us not insult these wise folk by forcing them to take our filthy money.

  7. Andy Freeman says:

    > This sounds to me like the archtypal city council, who responds to any demand to cut taxes by threatening to eliminate the fire department and the high school football team.

    The response is to field new candidates who campaign with “the current folks think that the fire department is less important than {list of things that no govt will admit to funding}.”

  8. (sigh) Those who do not study history….

  9. Photoncourier is right. Actually all the comments so far are right, but Photoncourier’s first one is most right. The Blob (British version) probably would love to do this for real, for the reasons Winston Smith says, but in fact this particular proposal is scaremongering.

    Some minister whose name I couldn’t be bothered to search for has already said that it won’t happen, heavens! how could you think it of us etc. etc.