July 13, 2007

Santayana Comes To Mind *

Some people are up in arms about this ...

Britain's World War II prime minister Winston Churchill has been cut from a list of key historical figures recommended for teaching in English secondary schools, a government agency says.

But it gets worse ...

The radical overhaul of the school curriculum for 11- to 14-year-olds is designed to bring secondary education up to date and allow teachers more flexibility in the subjects they teach, the Government said.

But although Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, Joseph Stalin and Martin Luther King have also been dropped from the detailed guidance accompanying the curriculum, Sir Winston's exclusion is likely to leave traditionalists aghast.

Not knowing the heroes and villains of the past whose actions shaped the world we now live in is definitely not a good thing.

* "Those that do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Posted by Charles Austin at July 13, 2007 02:02 PM