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    Black History to Be Compulsory in 'English' Schools

    Black history to be compulsory in schools for first time

    Learning about black history is to be compulsory in secondary schools for the first time following a review of the national curriculum.

    ((Must be the Labour again!!!)

    Telegraph 27 Aug 2008

    Olaudah Equiano, a former slave whose autobiography drew attention to the horrors of the trade .....

    All pupils aged between 11 and 14 will be taught about the slave trade and the British empire when term begins next month to help them understand modern-day issues such as immigration...........

    The two subjects, aimed at highlighting the influence of ethnic minorities, will join the two world wars and the Holocaust as periods that must form part of the history syllabus.
    eyes:

    Schoolchildren will learn about the roles of William Wilberforce, the MP who campaigned for the abolition of slavery, and Olaudah Equiano, a former slave who drew attention to the horrors of the trade after buying his freedom and writing an autobiography.

    They will also be taught about the origins of the empire, with one unit looking at rise and fall of the Mughals in India and the arrival of the British. Another is titled "How was it that, by 1900, Britain controlled nearly a quarter of the world?"

    ((.... and how it then came to stay ??eyes)

    Kevin Brennan, the children's minister, said: "Although we may be ashamed to admit it, the slave trade is an integral part of British history. It is inextricably linked to trade, colonisation, industrialisation and the British Empire.

    "It is important that children learn about this and its links to wider world history, such as the American civil rights movement - the repercussions of which are still being felt today. That is why the slave trade will join the British Empire, the two world wars and the Holocaust as compulsory parts of the secondary school history curriculum from this September."

    Under the guidelines 25 per cent of the course must cover British history.....

    There will also be a change of emphasis away from historical dates to learning about themes - such as religion and social issues - which could be relevant to other subjects.

    Mick Waters, director of curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, said the revised history curriculum for pupils in England gives a broader view of the subject.

    "Core British history such as both the world wars is present, but it also includes curricular content which provides the opportunity for pupils to explore the social, cultural, religious and ethnic roots of modern society," he said.

    "Black history is not just about slavery - it is much broader than that. It is about the contribution that black and Asian people have made throughout history. The benefits are that pupils gain a better appreciation of the multicultural society around them and the contribution they can make."

    The change follows a comprehensive overhaul of the secondary curriculum.

    According to a Government briefing document one of the aims of the switch is to "put immigration, the Commonwealth and the legacy of the Empire into a clear historical context...This can help pupils prepare for life in a diverse and multi-ethnic society".

    However, the decision last year to omit Sir Winston Churchill from the list of figures that must be studied in history angered traditionalists.

    Michael Gove, shadow secretary for children, schools and families, said: "Winston Churchill is the towering figure of 20th century British history. His fight against facsism was Britain's finest hour. Our national story can't be told without Churchill at the centre."

    A QCA spokesman said teachers were aware that they would be unable to teach the Second World War without mentioning Churchill........

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    -- whatever will they think of next - while there's still time left!!??

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    So not much change. The primary function of state education is to molest children into becoming 'model citizens', as definied by whichever government controls their indoctrination at any particular time. Thinking back to the last decade, when I was in British education, the essential intention behind virtually everything we learned in History, or English for that matter, was to force the student into desirable avenues of thought. Knowledge for knowledge's sake was never a factor. Knowledge to help create a more well-rounded, autonomous individual was never a factor. The latter would be a threat to government interests. The very nature of mass education necessitates homogenization of thought, and ideologues are far from loath to capitalize on that truth.

    I view state schooling as a form of mental abuse: the conditioning of a child to accept its function as a tool; to implant and nurture particular beliefs through selective presentation of legitimate material, or by outright deceit.

    It's unnerving to see what British education actually produces. The average 16 year old certainly knows far more about the "right" and "wrong" treatment of various groups, and what things are to be valued most by a good citizen, than he does about spelling five letter words.

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    Our national story can't be told without Churchill at the centre."
    Michael Gove seems to not comprehend that 'our' will be 'them' in the future and 'they' don't care for 'our' history.

    I recall the whole of my education in history at secondary school consisted of nothing but WWII.
    I didn't care for it then and don't care for it now.
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    In South Africa you're not allowed to learn about European history.

    You only learn about extremely edited and biased Negro history, or how horrible any white is, bullocks I tell you.

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    I have posted before about the Parekh Report. This report was allegedly the blueprint for NuLabour“s social policy. So the only surprise is that it has taken ten years to implement.

    "develop as a community of citizens" as well as a "community of communities"...thorough discussion around a number of basic themes including rethinking the national story and identity, understanding that all identities are in a process of transition, developing a balance between cohesion, equality and difference, addressing and eliminating all forms of racism, reducing material inequalities, and building a pluralistic human rights culture


    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Future-Multi...9915387&sr=8-1

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    Well there's no surprise here really, I'm just waiting for affirmative action or do we already have that? I'm never too sure. Black history is a complete crock, why would my kids want to learn about africans? They would be better off learning about OUR history and its' great accomplishments.

    Just wait 'till we have to start paying reparations eyes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl View Post
    Black history to be compulsory in schools for first time

    [I]((Must be the Labour again!!!?

    The funniest thing is, they cannot possibly think that this would make for better relations. Highlighting these facts will only encourage an already americanized black youth (asians included) into being more violent and seperated.

    That is as obvious to me as the sky is blue, so either they are completely stupid, or they they are deliberately trying to create social chaos for some type of experiment.

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