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PC madness - Brit schools axe Churchill

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2007320449,00.html<br>
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    Two-finger salute<br>
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    By DAVID WOODING<br>
    Whitehall Editor<br>
    July 13, 2007<br>
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    FURY erupted last night after Sir Winston Churchill was axed from school history lessons.<br>
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    Britain’s cigar-chomping World War Two PM — famed for his two-finger victory salute — was removed from a list of figures secondary school children must learn about.<br>
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    Instead they will be taught about “relevant” issues such as global warming and drug dangers. Churchill’s grandson, Tory MP Nicholas Soames, branded the move “total madness.”<br>
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    The decision to axe Churchill is part of a major shake-up aimed at dragging the national curriculum into the 21st century, it was claimed last night.<br>
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    But the plan — hatched by advisers — angered schools secretary Ed Balls, who vowed to probe ALL the changes to the curriculum.<br>
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    The proposals will see traditional timetables torn up, with pupils focusing on modern “relevant” topics such as drug and booze abuse, climate change and GM foods.<br>
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    Churchill — voted the greatest ever Briton — goes off the required lessons list, along with Hitler, Gandhi, Stalin and Martin Luther King.<br>
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    There will also be no need to mention the Wars of the Roses, Elizabeth I or Henry VIII.<br>
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    The move left Mr Balls locked in a row with his curriculum advisers.<br>
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    He insisted: “Churchill should be taught to all pupils and I shall be taking steps to ensure it is.”<br>
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    Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove said: “Winston Churchill is the towering figure of 20th-century British history. His fight against fascism was Britain’s finest hour.<br>
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    “Our national story can’t be told without Churchill at the centre.”<br>
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    Churchill’s grandson, Tory MP Nicholas Soames, stormed: “It’s total madness. The teaching of history is incredibly important. If people do not seem to care about the country in which they live, the reason is that they don’t know much about it.”<br>
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    Ministers said the shake-up will free up a quarter of the school day so teachers can focus more on individual pupil needs. All subjects for 11 to 14-year-olds face an overhaul.<br>
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    ENGLISH: Lessons must focus on reading and writing accurately and speaking clearly. Classic and modern literature will be a must. Recommended authors will include Jane Austen, George Orwell and Alan Bennett. Pupils must study at least one Shakespeare play.<br>
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    SCIENCE: Touchy issues such as genetic engineering of plants and animals and use of nuclear power are added. Kids will also learn about the effects of drugs such as booze, cigarettes and cannabis, sexual health and infection.<br>
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    MATHS: Personal finance, such as how to manage a bank account and work out credit card interest will be added to algebra, linear equations and ratios.<br>
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    HISTORY: Will still focus on major events in Britain, Europe and the world, including both world wars, the Holocaust, and the British Empire. Visits to museums, galleries and historical sights are a must.<br>
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    MODERN LANGUAGES: Schools will be able to stop teaching French, German and Spanish and offer other languages, including Urdu, Chinese, Russian, and Arabic. Qualifications and Curriculum Authority boss Ken Boston said the changes would equip young people “with the skills for life and work in the 21st century”.<br>
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    A spokesman said changes would not be radical, adding: “Anne Boleyn will still be beheaded, the Pennines will remain the backbone of England and Romeo will still fall in love with Juliet.”<br>
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    Headteachers last night said that the reforms were “a move in the right direction”.<br>
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    d.wooding@the-sun.co.uk
     
  2. grammie

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    Its no differant than what is going on in America right now!!!!

    Its part of the "future society" that we are going to enter in two generations or less!!!!

    In a short time frame all the people from our "greatest generation" will soon be dead!!! With that---comes change!!! Change that is coming from almost 25 years of political correctness in schools!!!!

    The world,,,,or I should say,,,the "individual",,that time is over,,,accept it or not,,,,the world has no room for individual freedom and expression!!!

    To be taught about the past,,instills pride,,a sense of "heritage",,,a sense of profound loyalty and passion about your own country!!!

    When the New World Order is complete,,,,the borders shall come down,,,,"country" and the sense of,,,,will no longer exsist!!!! Open Borders from south america to the Yukon and beyond,,with a new name that is being floated about more and more,,,the N.A.U.(north american union)!!!

    More and more in the media,,we are being told,,"we are forming partnerships to compete against the "asian market"....see for yourselves...............

    AKA Grammie...........
     
  3. halfmile

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    Demasculinization of the male continues. Soon there will only be metrosexuals, Gays, and females.

    And we did it to ourselves, just to be nice.

    HM
     
  4. ec90t

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    Wireguy,

    As my jr high social studies teacher said, "Because the good lord didn't trust them in the dark".

    On a serious note, when a country stops teaching its heritage it looses its identity!

    ec90t
     
  5. alfermann66

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    Another conquest for Al "I invented the internet" Gore, guru of the goofy.

    Buz
     
  6. revsublime

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    actually...Churchill isnt being cut from their history. He used to be a singular subject. Now he will fall under History.

    The Sun is a rag rather like Murdoch's New York Post...just a sensationalist rag.

    The legislation is actually about not mandating school lessons from a national level but giving teachers more leeway in what they teach.

    Just as we were not taught much about viet nam in our "us history" classes, nor did we have a whole subject taught on George Washington...so too, will the UK not have a whole subject just on Churchill.

    My parents were smart enough to know in the early 70s that if you want your child to truly learn something...you teach them yourself. Public schools have not taught history in depth for a long long time. Just pick up any school text from the 60s to the 80s to verify this.
     
  7. Bob M

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    Two points:

    If things such as 'pride', 'heritage', 'country', and (I'll add this one) 'personal work ethic' should be taught (and I feel that they should) waiting until children are 5 or so to start instilling these values is waiting a little too long. People today are all over the schools for not teaching such things, but the parents have had the kids for 5 years before they walk into kindergarten. The parents are the first teachers a child has and they set the tone for what comes after.


    This curriculum revision plan came from administration and advisers, not teachers. These people are managers, not workers. This is no different that the plant foreman telling someone on the assembly line how to do their job better when the foreman has never done the job. Right now in the US, standardized test scores are driving education. It does not matter what the kids can actually do, the managers (superintendents, school boards, principals) are putting the pressure on teachers for good test scores. It doesn't matter if the test is biased, silly, or has no effect on the student taking the test what so ever, the managers want good scores at all costs. It seems like having functional, hard-working, articulate students is not the goal, they want good scores.

    (In Pennsylvania, we are required to give the PSSA tests to students in various grades. If a student wants to mark choice 'A' for the entire test, they can. We can encourage them to try hard, but there are no consequences for them if they blow the test off. They can't refuse to take the test, but if their free response to a written passage about the WWII generation is, 'My dog eats poop.' we have to accept it as a valid answer. These are the rules from the state.)



    A side note: People are frequently quick to use the old saying that brownk80 used above. There are some teachers who are about worthless at teaching. There are also worthless contractors, doctors, auto mechanics, and factory workers. Poor quality teachers can be fired, if administrators document the unacceptable behavior. Tenure only guarantees due process. If you are a screw-up, due process can't save you. It does require the 'managers' to their part. I would love it if principals started pruning some of the dead wood out for legitimate reasons. People who do not do their jobs, whatever profession, drag the rest down.
     
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