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    So, why *do* schools teach history back-to-front?

    On 29 Jun 2002 04:42:15 -0700, [email protected] (F Cameron Sipston) wrote:

    [q1]>So, why *do* schools teach history back-to-front?[/q1]

    Perhaps they don't know exactly when it started?

    More to the point we have much more reliable sources of information about the last century and
    anyone's perception of the past is coloured by the particular historical period in which they live.

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    [email protected] (User1951) wrote in message news:<[email protected] eserve.com>...
    [q1]> On 29 Jun 2002 04:42:15 -0700, [email protected] (F Cameron Sipston) wrote:[/q1]
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    [q2]> >So, why *do* schools teach history back-to-front?[/q2]
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    [q1]> Perhaps they don't know exactly when it started?[/q1]

    Yes, and archaeology & anthropology are two historical sciences that set out to establish this.

    [q1]> More to the point we have much more reliable sources of information about the last century[/q1]
    [q1]> and anyone's perception of the past is coloured by the particular historical period in which[/q1]
    [q1]> they live.[/q1]
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    Which is precisely my point. One doesn't start children off studying maths by teaching them advanced
    calculus. Nor do most children learn to read or write their native language WRT, say, the Times
    Literary Supplement.

    Yet it seems this is precisely how we were taught history: Romans, Boudiccans &c. with a big chunk
    missing corresponding to the "Dark Ages" such that many students didn't cover the Industrial
    Revolution never mind Modern History...

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