Historian: UK government has "wiped out" history teaching
"This Government in particular has wiped out virtually the teaching of history in schools," he argues. "Children have no idea of whether a reign was before or after Queen Victoria."
Strong, whose comments were made during an interview with Cotswold Life, fears that without improvement, youngsters will lose the ability to question those in authority. "People don't know why we've got Parliament, why we've got the monarchy, why we've got the church.
"If you don't know all those things, how can you, as it were, really understand your own country – or anything at all? If you destroy people's knowledge of the past, you can do anything with them that you like."
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Randll Reese Besch - 12/31/2008
Not just a more limited military based history being taught but also reduction in civics classes too. What you don't know will help those to manipulate you to do things that you otherwise wouldn't do to yourself and others. History is the operations manual we use to help us not to make the same decisions as before. Especially the bad ones.
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