History in schoolWatch
The Plantagenets are as important as the Tudors so I don't know why they're ignored.
World war and Henry the 8th in Primary? That stuff was not taught untill High School. Romans was taught in Primary, then Saxons and Vikings in Junior.
but nothing on the medieval times or kings other than Henry the 8th and queens on Elizabeth
I would of loved to learnt the history of fights such as the yorkshire and lancaster fight, how they even lived in the middle ages etc
The best example of the 'different frame of reference thing' that I've been reminded of recently is in chivalry. We think of the chivalric figure as a man (no chivalric women, I'm afraid) with gleaming armour, protecting the innocent, and having exquisite manners. He stands as the opposite of the nasty, cruel mercenary who's the other stereotype. The people of the time, however, saw no problem with a knight being both honourable and exceptionally violent. Henry V is reported to have said, for example, that 'war without fire [i.e. burning down villages] is like sausages without mustard', and there's very little evidence of civilians being spared the sword. To get this stuff, you've got to be willing to re-think value systems, and that's tricky to do with about 2 lessons per week.
My secondary school education seems to have been better than most, we went from medieval history with the Battle of Hastings through to the Industrial Revolution. It was all British history apart from one random unit on Native Americans.
GCSE history was all modern looking at America, Britain, International Relations and the Vietnam War, I almost feel left out for not doing anything on Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union like everyone else seems to.
I would hate to be a history teacher, doing a history degree and not using most of it. Even at GCSE level you teach rubbish that anyone with common sense can get more accurate info.
I remember going through a history book in year 7/8 and noticing the amount of mistake based on common misconceptions of certain era's.
I see your point that we spend a lot on Henry VIII and the Tudors but I do find it interesting the upheaval of the catholic church into protestant and then the conversion back in a time were the stability of a religion followed by monarchs for centuries was shaken up.
I do find world war 1 and 2 very dull with my only interests in the political background. My favourite subject has to be the american west which is fascinating due to so many groups of people mixing with completely different belief systems well worth a reading up if you don't do it for GCSE if your are interested in peoples behaviour to the world and others. Opps went on a bit never mind I just really enjoy history 😁
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Why is History in school the same boring stuff from primary to secondary? I remember doing world war and Henry the 8th in primary.. and also secondary school, why only Henry the 8th? why not Henry the 3rd or 1st? why not learn the medieval times rather than the boring victorians and tudors?