Chatting to tom before going to school this morning I asked him what he was learning at school, he said he was learning about the great fire of london and explained to me about peeps, pudding lane etc. As he spoke I flashed back to my time at primary school and learning exactly the same thing. This train of thought led me to ponder aspects of the national cirriculumn, firstly is it healthy for our society for all children to be taught the same bits of history, there is quite a lot of history out there, would’nt it make more sense for different schools to teach whatever bits they thought relevent (within a loose framework). If nothing else it would give adolesents something to talk about :-). Now dont get me wrong i am a fan of the national cirriculumn especially when it comes to scientific subjects as its clear what topics must be covered to grow knowledge, science is a structured subject. Humanities are a less structured discipline so why give it structure?
Oh and in other news, I also pondered how/who decided what historical events should be taught .. .. .. a set of civil servants pondering the relative importance of historical events pah!