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The last refuge of scoundrels - teaching teachers.


‘Don’t teach children patriotism’ - Times Online


History and citizenship lessons should stick to the bare facts rather than encouraging loyalty to Britain when covering subjects such as the Second World War or the British Empire, the Institute of Education researchers said. Teachers should not instill pride in what they consider great moments of British history, as more shameful episodes could be downplayed or excluded....

The authors added: “It is hard to think of a national history free from the blights of warmongering, imperialism, tyranny, injustice, slavery and subjugation, or a national identity forged without recourse to exclusionary and xenophobic stereotypes.”

Dr Hand, the co-author of the report, said: “Gordon Brown and David Cameron have both called for a history curriculum that fosters attachment and loyalty to Britain, but the case for promoting patriotism in schools is weak.

“Are countries really appropriate objects of love? Loving things can be bad for us, for example when the things we love are morally corrupt. Since all national histories are at best morally ambiguous, it’s an open question whether citizens should love their countries.”

Comments

Warmongering? What warmongering.

Wars since 1900:-
WW1 - Britain goes to war to defend Belgium, helps to liberate France.
WW2 - Britain goes to war to defend Poland, liberates Europe.
Korea - Britain helps to defend a democratic country.
Falklands - Britain defends the rights of people being occupied against their will.
Gulf War 1 - Britain throws an aggressor out of a sovereign nation.
Kosovo - Defending a minority from the oppression of the majority.
Afghanistan - Brought down a government that sponsored terrorism.

Iraq - OK, that's a complicated one, but generally, Britain has a great record of taking on and kicking the crap out of people who would take away people's liberty.

Incidentally, not all teacher trainers are like that. There are quite a lot of people who don't share these attitudes.

If he's so against a mere Country being an object of love, why does such type always embrace The State so heavily?

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