Limited subject choice is bad news for history teaching

    Press/Media: Teaching

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    In 2012 I first raised issues of the poor coverage of Scottish history. For a start, the first chronological qualification course option starts in 1286. There is a real danger that pupils will believe Scottish history began with Alexander III’s death in a riding accident and the subsequent conflict with southern neighbours. Pupils must be exposed to Scottish history long before 1286. Where can students learn that Scotland originally was a nation of many different peoples?

    What follows in history qualifications is a “tartan shortbread tin” whirlwind tour though Scottish history (including Robert the Bruce), just missing Brigadoon along the way.

    Period14 May 2019 → 16 May 2019

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    • TitleHistory didn't start in 1286
      Media name/outletPress and Journal
      CountryUnited Kingdom
      Date16/05/19
      PersonsNeil McLennan
    • TitleLimited subject choice is bad news for the teaching of history
      Media name/outletThe National
      CountryUnited Kingdom
      Date15/05/19
      PersonsNeil McLennan
    • TitleRobert the Who? Young Scots' history holes
      Media name/outletThe Times
      CountryUnited Kingdom
      Date14/05/19
      DescriptionHalf of young Scots do not know that William Wallace and Robert the Bruce defeated the English during the wars of independence, a survey suggests.

      One in six people aged 16-24 said that they had not learnt any Scottish history at school. About 60 per cent said that they learnt about Scottish history from television.
      URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/robert-the-who-young-scots-history-holes-bdz0tcxdm
      PersonsNeil McLennan

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