For some among us, there comes a time when we realise our teenage convictions were somewhat misguided. We discover that our parents’ dusty beliefs are not so terribly ill-conceived, having a much sharper understanding of the modern world than we had previously imagined. Luckiest are we who grasp this while still young, before our parents’ departure.
The political commentator and activist Darren Grimes and the historian David Starkey are being investigated by the police for an interview broadcast online, in which the latter put forward the proposition that the transatlantic slave trade could not have been a genocide because “there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks…
Is it really true that the British Empire is not statutory or not taught? This blogs explores the current History National Curriculum to debunk oft-repeated myths.
Brexit has highlighted that Britain is a divided nation. Having voted Remain, I was shocked and saddened by a minority of powerful metro-elite pro-EU supporters who have steadfastly refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the result. It was their vitriol against working-class voters that has led me to rethink many of my previously held assumptions.
Shelby Steele argues that the combination of a black power ideology and white guilt (or more accurately white fear of the stigma of racism) has thwarted the promise of the civil rights era to create a post-racial world.
We need a debate about the curriculum and the knowledge we teach pupils in schools and later on at university level.
The decolonising the curriculum movement isn’t it.
Making glib moral judgements about the past does a disservice to history and to ourselves.