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Winston Churchill to No Longer be a Part of British History - in Britain

And that's not the only change to Britain's history curriculum. Betsy Newmark, a history teacher herself, has all details:

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.

How can you even imagine teaching British history to British students and strip Churchill from the curriculum? Is the goal of these educators to destroy any pride at all that children might develop in their country's history? I can see how teaching about Olaudah Equiano and William Wilberforce's fight against slavery can fit in with the "teach only the warts" approach to history teaching, but you would think that such an plan would want to include Gandhi also. And how do you teach World War II and not have Hitler in the curriculum. Is the whole curriculum going to be taught in the passive voice: wars were started; battles were fought; and wars were ended. Let's just not mention any individuals who might have been key in those events.

Allowing British students to be completely ignorant of the people who almost destroyed their country and those who saved it from destruction is a very bad idea.


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Comments (18)

That is fricken gay! I'... (Below threshold)
RobLACal.:

That is fricken gay! I'm calling "Hate-Crime" on this one. This is nothing more than indoctrination plus a pass to lie by omission. Who does this kind of crap? Losers , liars and Liberals. We can now add Labour to that list.

Wonder if Tony Blair approves of this?

If they are not going to te... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

If they are not going to teach about Churchill and Hitler, then they likely won't be teaching about WW2. Makes you wonder what the libs think "History" is.

Allowing British stud... (Below threshold)

Allowing British students to be completely ignorant of the people who almost destroyed their country and those who saved it from destruction is a very bad idea.

Indeed...and watch for it coming to a theatre near you!

Just watch how quickly this will catch on in domestic public education. But watch closely...the trojan horse used by the left here will be cleverly disguisd. Higher education radicals in our universities have been working on this for years. On your tax dollars, BTW.

There's no fricking way you... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

There's no fricking way you can call Britain "Great" in any fricking way any more. Those poor bastards are finished period. Britain..That's it, and there's is absolutely NOTHING great about it.

And son they will replace t... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

And son they will replace the LION and UNICORN on their royal coat of arms with a pink chicken and yellow monkey and replace the UNION JACK with a rainbow flag of the eco-wackos and gay rights wussietards and GREAT BRINIAN will soon be called OUTER WUSSIELAND and look out the same liberals will want to replace the EAGLE a PINK CHICKEN replace the STARS AND STRIPES with the same rainbow flag with the chicken footprint in the middle and replace the NATIOAL ANTHEME the STAR SPANGLED BANNER with THE AGE OF AQURIUS and close down all our military bases and turn the areas into new age thinky feely freak peace parks where fellow wackos and run naked with the animals and kneel lotus style around a tree going OOOOOMMMM OOOOMMMM OOOOMMMMM

This is what you get from t... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

This is what you get from the dumbed-down liberal education establishment. More of the same.

This has to be an online ho... (Below threshold)
tyree:

This has to be an online hoax, or some kind of twisted joke. Years ago I read through "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" and the person who had the greatest number of quotes in the book was Winston Churchill.

I home school my children, ... (Below threshold)

I home school my children, and a few years ago we bought a text book that had Columbus discover the Americas in 1500.

It is not just in England that we are dumbing down the children. I spend a lot of time checking the books we use, and no source is 100%.(Christian or secular)

My advice to all is to consider home schooling and using books from the 40's and 50's for history of these times. I have many books of history that are factual and not PC.

From the article, though un... (Below threshold)
mantis:

From the article, though unsurprisingly not excerpted by Newmark:

However Schools Minister Lord Adonis said that even if Churchill was no longer named in the curriculum, his contribution to British life would still be covered.

"Nobody with any sense could believe that we could teach the Second World War - a statutory requirement - without covering Winston Churchill and Hitler," he added.

I guess the folks on this thread have no sense, Adonis.

Sure, mantis - and we could... (Below threshold)

Sure, mantis - and we could "cover" FDR and Hitler in the context of WWII as well, without making either part of the curriculum.

The point, of course, is that they are REMOVING Churchill from the curriculum.

To appreciate the gravity of that decision, you might consider what remains ON the list.

I do believe they may be tr... (Below threshold)

I do believe they may be trying to remove any ties with the USA! How did the French, portell, regain their country after a disgraceful defeat? Of course, they would not have been defeated had they fought...

"However Schools Ministe... (Below threshold)

"However Schools Minister Lord Adonis said that even if Churchill was no longer named in the curriculum, his contribution to British life would still be covered."

"Contribution to British life". WTH does that mean? And if he's not named, how will he be referred to? As "some guy"?

All kidding aside this one was interesting:

"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."

Urdu? Urdu?

"At the same time, staff... (Below threshold)
Meezle:

"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."

Well, on the plus side, when the next generation of under-educated Brits enter the workforce and can't get a job, at least they'll know how to apply for welfare.
/sarc

mantisThat's a cop... (Below threshold)

mantis

That's a copout. While WWII "will be covered" I bet you dollar to donuts that the rolls of individuals... ie Churchill, FDR, Hitler, Eisenhower, Montgomery, et al ... will be diminished into mere ciphers. It is a way to "numb" the kiddies into looking at WWII as a mere statistic (insert apropos Stalin quote here).

It's called "controlling the narrative". When teachers can disengage their students from a subject, in this case getting British students not to be invested in British heritage, the over-whelmingly "progressive" teachers can continue to denigrate the values of national pride and patriotism.

whoops ... "rolls" should b... (Below threshold)

whoops ... "rolls" should be "roles"

...more coffee....

We all know that TED TURNER... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

We all know that TED TURNERS progarm CAPTIAN PLANET was leftists propeganda

Allowing British student... (Below threshold)

Allowing British students to be completely ignorant of the people who almost destroyed their country and those who saved it from destruction is a very bad idea.

But so is admitting Muslims who want to destroy them, and then ignoring the radicals among them until they blow some things up, and still being unwilling to confront their mistake

What amazes me most is that... (Below threshold)
Mike:

What amazes me most is that Ghandi and MLK have also been omitted. What are these liberals thinking?




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