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UK: Schools told to dump Churchill and Hitler from history lessons

 
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UK: Schools told to dump Churchill and Hitler from history lessons
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Secondary schools will strip back the traditional curriculum in favour of lessons on debt management, the environment and healthy eating, ministers revealed.

Even Winston Churchill no longer merits a mention after a drastic slimming-down of the syllabus to create more space for "modern" issues.

Along with Hitler, Gandhi, Stalin and Martin Luther King, the former prime minister has been dropped from a list of key figures to be mentioned in history teaching.

This means pupils may no longer hear about his stirring speeches during the Second World War, when he told Parliament that defeating Hitler would be Britain's "finest hour".

The only individuals now named in guidance accompanying the curriculum are anti-slavery campaigners Olaudah Equiano and William Wilberforce.

The omission of Churchill added to a growing row over Labour reforms to secondary education - the most radical since the national curriculum was introduced in 1988.

Critics warned traditional subject disciplines were being stripped of key content and used to promote fashionable causes and poorly-defined "life skills".

They said that while the two World Wars remain on the curriculum as broad topics the failure to specify teaching on Churchill - while naming other individuals - downgraded his importance.

The move was called "madness" by his grandson Nicholas Soames, the Tory MP.

"It is absurd. I expect he wasn't New Labour enough for them," he said.

Tory spokesman on children Michael Gove added: "Winston Churchill is the towering figure of twentieth century British history.

"His fight against fascism was Britain's finest hour. Our national story can't be told without Churchill at the centre."

Schools are also being told to tear up the timetable of eight lessons a day and introduce classes lasting a few minutes - or several hours - by mixing different subjects together.

Five-minute lessons on spelling, French or German could be "drip-fed" throughout the day.

The architect of the new curriculum, Dr Ken Boston, insisted traditional approaches had been "exhausted".

The slimline regime is being introduced amid concerns that teachers do not have enough time to ensure youngsters master the three Rs.

Key subjects such as history and science will be cut back to allow teachers to spend a quarter of the day helping pupils who struggle with literacy and numeracy.

At the same time, staff will be expected to introduce topics such as personal finance and Urdu aimed at preparing youngsters for life in the 21st century.

The new curriculum - introduced from September next year - precedes the introduction of "functional skills" tests in English and maths.

These are intended to counter criticism that 16-year-olds can score high grades at GCSE without mastering the three Rs.

The news follows a report from the think-tank Civitas warning that subjects are being hijacked by politicians to promote pet causes.

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Re: UK: Schools told to dump Churchill and Hitler from history lessons
well considering history as we know it was written by the victors, rothschilds, whoever, and that learning about modern issues like debt management could actually be more useful then learning about emotional fairy tale stories.. maybe it's not all bad.

That said, we don't want to train our youth to be emotionless killers either, but that's not going to happen.

Good luck launching some huge scale war with the US or Europe and expecting lots of people to fight.. our cultures have simply drained the fighting spirit out of us, which is a GOOD thing.

Got a score to settle, use nukes or the threat of nukes to keep the peace. Nukes are the best thing that could possibly have happened to humanity.. they've prevented more wars and deaths then they've caused, by far. All the major players should have an ample supply of them.

The day we get rid of our nukes is the day we have another world war.
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just think about what china could do with all the land in the US... without nukes, there would be nothing to stop them.
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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

... we are so doomed.
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Re: UK: Schools told to dump Churchill and Hitler from history lessons
So how many of you actually had a history class that made it all the way to the middle of the 20th century? Only one of mine did, and that's only because my teacher went straight from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of World War II so that we would get that far.

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