British schoolchildren 'forced to drop history at 14'





History in schools is being put under threat as thousands of children are allowed to drop the subject at the age of 14 for “trivial reasons”, according to a leading academic.

Dr Sean Lang, senior lecturer in history at Anglia Ruskin University, criticised the “absolutely ludicrous” system in Britain that requires pupils to choose subject options half-way through secondary education.

He said many children were pushed into abandoning vital components of the curriculum for spurious reasons rarely linked to the academic discipline....

The comments come a week after Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, announced a major review of the history curriculum in an attempt to revive interest in Britain’s “island story”.

The historian Simon Schama has been named as the Government’s new “history tsar” to lead the drive....


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