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Teach history backwards

Michael Gove's reforms require a major adjustment

By Christopher Fear  

Why do we teach young children ancient history?

Michael Gove has provoked a great deal of protest by proposing to reform the history curriculum. He wants it to reflect a coherent, continuous, chronological “story of these islands.” The hostility of most teachers to his reforms is now well known, and commentators in the media have been quick to accuse him of academic snobbery, traditionalism, chauvinistic mythologising, and so on. From the point of view of philosophy of history, however, Gove’s emphasis on chronology is a step in the…

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