IoI Education Forum Opinion: Who won the History wars?

Back in the ancient past of 2010 Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove proposed a new school History curriculum which was roundly condemned by most of the acknowledged experts.  Gove promised to listen and in 2013 was back again with a revised version.  However, this time he was accused of constructing a ‘pub quiz’ and told that he had not listened at all.  Evans, Schama, Ferguson as well as the Better History Group were courted then ignored, testimony to Gove’s apparent ‘tyranny’ over the process.  August bodies such as the Historical Association, the Royal Historical Society and the British Academy were also said to be miffed by the lack of consultation.  Then the underlying argument was apparently had out (over skills v chronology; over British v world; over facts v meaning) and Gove promised to revise the proposals. Now, it’s 2014 and the updated History curriculum is being advanced as part of the new National Curriculum beginning in September 2014.  But it’s also 100 years since World War One began which leads to the question: Who won the History wars?

via IoI Education Forum Opinion: Who won the History wars?.



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