Readers of this blog know that I read a lot of history, so imagine my astonishment at this news: Britain is dropping a bunch of prominent figures as required parts of the curriculum:
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.
It doesn't stop there:
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.
This is fairly stupid. I can't even tell why they think this is a good idea. They claim to be giving teachers "more flexibility" in covering history; how do you propose to cover the 1930-1950 era without mentioning those people?