Horrible history teaching with Terry Deary
Terry Deary, creator of the bestselling Horrible Histories books, launches an outspoken attack on those who believe that the aim of history teaching should be to "pump pupils full of facts"
History teaching in schools is a mess, they tell me. The list of things the students don’t know seems to exceed the list of things they do know. “If it isn’t the Tudors or the Nazis then they haven’t a clue,” is a common complaint. “They don’t know what happened in 1066,” the traditionalists wail. “Only one 18-year-old in ten can name a single Victorian prime minister”, rails the Daily Mail, though it doesn’t go on to explain why knowing dead prime ministers matters.