As a History graduate myself and somebody that retains a strong interest in History I am all too aware of the importance of the subject. An understanding of History is vital to gain understanding the present and is a blueprint for the future. The fact that schools are allowing students to drop history because they see it as ‘too tough’ demonstrates the madness of a purely grade driven education system. Education should be chiefly about learning not passing.
I wholeheartedly agree that students should be encouraged to analyse rather than learn by rote. Understanding why things happened is key to grasping their importance to the present and the future.
Whether History should be compulsory for sixteen year olds is a point for discussion but there should certainly be a more structured approach to teaching History prior to compulsory exams.