What History should our children learn if they leave school at 16?

History has long had the unjust label of a ‘boring’ subject. As a History graduate with a continuing keen interest, I think it is vital for pupils to be given a proper grounding in the past. A knowledge of our past is crucial to understanding the present and unravelling the possible future.

I would like History to be compulsory to 16 in the UK with a strong bent towards the twentieth century – the melting pot for the world we live in now.

Let’s get back to thinking, to reading, to essay writing; only then can opinions and arguments be formed. Let’s stop spoon feeding History and try to engage young minds in investigating the past. The internet presents a perfect tool.

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