Clarke Orders Review of School History Teaching
Richard Garner Education Editor, The Independent (London, England)
CHARLES CLARKE has ordered a review of the school history curriculum after complaints that pupils spend too much time learning about the Nazis and too little on British history. In an interview with the BBC History Magazine tomorrow, the Secretary of State for Education describes the trend as "a serious criticism that we have to address".
Prominent historians such as Dr David Starkey have criticised the way history is taught in schools. The subject is compulsory up to 14 and pupils are supposed to cover British history from the Middle Ages to the 20th century as well as key events in European and world history.
Ofsted, the education standards watchdog, supports the criticism, saying most pupils are opting to study Hitler's Germany as a specialist topic. Inspectors add that schools are failing to develop a lasting knowledge of history or a sense of chronological events among their pupils.
In his interview, Mr Clarke says: "A lot of …
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