Ofsted report on history teaching: ‘it stops people believing rubbish’

March 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

According to the Guardian, Ofsted’s latest report on history teaching, History for All, gives reasons to be cheerful, as well as to be concerned.

First the bad news – according to the Guardian, the report declares that ‘History textbooks tailored to fit A-level exam requirements have “stultified” teachers’ thinking and left children ill-equipped for the type of independent study needed at university.’

On the other hand, there’s encouraging evidence that history teachers are, as we phrase it in Learning Futures, using ‘school as a basecamp’, and that for at least some students, a grounding in history is giving them the tools to evaluate the information they come across in everyday life:

Most schools visited nearby historical sites or brought in visitors, the report says, giving the example of a local resident who was quizzed about his childhood before the second world war.The report suggests that history is well placed to enhance pupils sense of social responsibility, teaching about diversity, migration and national identity. It quotes a pupil who says: “Studying history stops people believing rubbish.”

via Schools failing on teaching of history | Education | The Observer.

To several tabloids, and at least one international news company, this pupil’s observation will be cause for serious concern.

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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