Why should pupils learn dates?

Clio et cetera

I doubt I invented the supermarket checkout date game, but I do not mind if someone wants to say I did. If you buy something for less than twenty pounds, then see if you can name an event that happened at that time. The scoring works as follows:

  • 10 points – you can name something that happened just in that year
  • 5 points – you can name something that happened before, during and after that year
  • 1 point – you can name something that happened in that decade but not in that year

So, for example:

  • £14.53 please. Fall of Constantinople. 10 points.
  • That’ll be £19.15. First World War. 5 points.
  • £18.69. Austro-Prussian War. 1 point.

What is the point of this game? Not a great deal. The checkout person might look at me a bit strangely and say ‘ooh, you’re good at history’. Apart from, based on what they…

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