2005-02-03

Stats: Lack of Scottish History Taught in School

Scottish pupils are leaving school with little knowledge of their nation's past because history is being squeezed out of the curriculum, the country's foremost historian Mr.Tom Devine claims in an article in 'The Scotsman' newspaper today:
'With so little time available, it is inevitable that "Scottish History" (despite the best efforts of many teachers), will be marginalised', he says.
'There may be more "Scottish History" taught within the history curriculum in our secondary schools than a generation ago -- but this improvement is still "meagre" and "patchy".
'Overloaded timetables, competition from other subjects-- and pupil choice -- mean that the majority of young Scots have little more than the sketchiest knowledge of the nation's past.
'This is an educational scandal, especially in an age of devolution.
'Let us hope that ministers and civil servants listen to the "growing number of voices" who are ashamed of this unacceptable neglect of our heritage -- in their ongoing review of the curriculum -- but one should not be too optimistic; "the powers that be" in education have a firm resistance to prescribing what should be taught in Scotland's classrooms -- although such intervention is probably essential if more precious curriculum time is to be devoted to a study of the shaping of the present condition of the nation through an examination of its past'.
The Professor's comments were welcomed yesterday by Mr.Sam Henry, the president of 'The Scottish Association of Teachers of History' (SATH). Mr.Henry, a teacher at Lochgelly High School in Fife, said:
'Some type of minimum time being set down for the teaching of history, and "Scottish History" in particular, is very important -- because without it, I think we are not "doing justice" to pupils and their grasp of their own heritage -- and their ability to "come to terms with the world"'.
A spokesman for 'The Scottish Executive' said:
'The curriculum in Scotland is "non-statutory", and we don't prescribe how much time needs to be spent on each subject. '"Scottish History" is part of the history syllabus, but it is for "Local Authorities" and schools themselves to decide how subjects are taught'.
'Schools 'neglecting Scottish history'',KEVIN SCHOFIELD, The Scotsman, 2005-02-03, Th

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not in the UK (i.e. English) interest to have Scots kids learn Scottish history....which has mainly been about warring with the English and religion.

Teaching Scottish History would only aggravate the already sectarian, bigoted, anti-English Scots.

2/04/2005 11:24:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But that is exactly the point! By teaching them scottish history kids would know the truth instead of learning the tradition of misinformation that makes them bigots!

2/07/2005 01:40:00 am  

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