27 Jan 2005

Conservatives: We’re not as crap as we used to be

Shadow education secretary Tim Collins wants history to be made compulsory for children up to the age of 16 - they can currently drop the subject at 14.

And which group of phlistines introduced this in the first place? Erm…

Mr Collins admitted that it was under a Conservative government that the compulsion for all children to study history until 16 was removed, but said Labour had “stood by” the change.

Vote Conservative - because only we can keep track of the mess we made.

(Thanks to Rob for the link)

Nick got away with this at 7:12 pm


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  1. If they say they’ll reinstitute mandatory study of a second language, I’m almost tempted … ;)

    Comment by itchyfidget — 27 Jan 2005 @ 9:01 pm

  2. Didn’t they also say something about history not going beyond 1945, after the first majority Labour government was elected and the modern welfare state created?

    Comment by Rob — 27 Jan 2005 @ 11:27 pm

  3. It’s pathetic that any political party should be held totally accountable for any decision made so long ago. As for the plans, I’m a history undergrad, and I personally think that the plans are off the mark. WHat the problem is is the way it is taught before 14 - focuses of peripheral things and not really on building constructive timelines and images of the period. After 14 it needs to develop the way you think. Mr Collins is putting two proposals together and they don’t fully add up.

    Comment by Ken — 01 Feb 2005 @ 11:17 am

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