Thursday, July 12, 2007

Please Tell Me This Is a Joke

Winston Churchill has been dropped from the history curriculum in British secondary schools.

Students will learn about World War II and Hitler, but teachers are no longer required to specifically teach about Prime Minister Churchill as part of their lessons.

Elizabeth I and Henry VIII were also dropped from the "must study" list, in favor of trendy topics like global warming.

How is this even possible?

More from The Sun.

Just when you think the world can't get any more politically correct or dumbed down...

Update: I misread the article the first time, and it turns out Hitler has been dropped too.

What's the saying about those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it? How can the British learn from history if they aren't learning history in the first place?


Blogger Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

That's a shame. Did you also see this about Shakespeare?

5:45 AM  
Blogger FreedomAdvocate said...

Wow. British needs to grow a conservative movement.

This bill is being voted on in the senate TODAY!
Public Advocate demonstrates in Washington, DC, protesting the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Protection Act (H.R. 1592), which would grant special rights to homosexuals. This law would add sexual orientation to federal hate crimes statutes.

Watch Teletubby and Moses get arrested at the Capitol while angry bystanders demand the release of the purple teletubby, the "moral fiber of America." See Public Advocate activists hit the streets with this street theater demonstrating against Ted Kennedy's Thought Control Bill to give homosexuals special privileges:

9:00 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

'Great' Britain is now anything but...

There is something very heartbreaking and disturbingly telling about this.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It's especially sad considering that simultaneously Britain is engaging in an Orwellian refusal to use terminology such as "Muslim" in connection with terrorism, and there have been other stories about their history courses omitting topics which offend Muslims, such as the Crusades or the Holocaust. This seems to be part of an ongoing effort to rewrite or minimize history, including current events.


12:11 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Mrs. H.H., that's really sad about Shakespeare and U.S. colleges...

Best wishes,

5:08 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

When I was in the U.K. in 1987 I met someone in the know about their education requirements...sorry, I don't remember her name or title. She told me they have different approach than the U.S. when naming educational requirements. At that time she gave as an example, they required that religion and physical education be on the curriculum, but they didn't require reading and math (or maybe it was that they didn’t list detailed specifics for the latter two). Why? Because schools wouldn’t drop reading and math, but they might drop religion or p.e. So the theory was: instead of requiring what won’t be dropped, require what’s important, but might be dropped.

Was this right? I don’t know.
Did it work? I don’t know.
Is it still the philosophy? I don’t know; but the article Laura linked to does slightly imply it is the philosophy behind the decision. Not that that makes the decision right.


6:38 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for that added insight, Missy! Very interesting.


6:53 PM  

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