Teaching history traditionally – really traditionally.

Esse Quam Videri

Our white bearded and semi –retired librarian chuckled at his apt choice of password for a head of history. “I’ve given you the Battle of Culloden,” he said. For one panicked moment I frantically ran through my knowledge of history. Culloden did bring up an image of mist on the heather, blood stained kilts and mournful bagpiping but I wasn’t sure of the century of that battle let alone the date. My schooling wasn’t a help. At primary we didn’t do much history, although I do remember drawing a very fine portrait of Henry VIII in year 6, with lots of stubble. Secondary schooling was largely modern world and sixteenth century at A level. At university I did lots of ‘early stuff’ and otherwise focused on American and South African history. My largely sixteenth or twentieth century teaching experience was useless. Fortunately our librarian could not conceive that I wouldn’t…

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