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The British school curriculum is getting a makeover. An attempt to translate traditional academics into practical skills is at the heart of the overhaul. Now, citizenship courses will involve a discussion of British values; language courses will include Mandarin and Urdu; and a new course will cover “personal, social, health, and economic well-being.” World history curriculum is also facing a revamp; names like Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin will be noticeably absent.

Some educators, particularly historians, worry that the plan will further erode an already slumping educational system. “We are producing a generation who know little or nothing about the past, and the bits they do know have been carefully selected to manipulate their views of the world,” said Chris McGovern, headmaster at London’s St. Anthony's Preparatory School.

British educator John White disagrees, “For the first time in English history the government is taking very seriously the question of what should education be aimed at.”

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Hmmm...no Churchill, Hitler or Stalin? Better read "1984" while you still can.

History's lessons will be lost if you never teach them and the world will be doomed to repeat those mistakes over and over again.

England has an important history. How can you remove truth from education - what happened, happened and formed what we are today.

This is really weird.

How can you teach british history or even modern western history without learning about Hitler, Stalin, and Churchill???

This is such garbage.... And it is scary. A new generation of ignorant people will become of this...

Education should be about acquiring skills that will enable phyiscal and intellectual development that will help one in the real world. It should also have a slight lean towards teaching values. The absence of important events or concepts in any subject, especially history will contribute to a generation that remains uneducated about the world around them as well as their past. It is exceptionally vital that education not be manipulated by controlling government agencies. Every person deserves to learn the truth, no matter how unpleasant it can be. Indeed, the truth will enable humankind to become more honest and refrain from committing errors in the future. However this idea may only work on certain people who have the intentions of improving the world. This may have no effect on those that are intent on demolishing civilization.

I fear that Britain is following the odious pathway of John Dewey, who hated history (it's so, well, OLD, you see). Dewey was truly a socialist's socialist, and desired above all things to remove history from the US education system.

Dewey knew that what we now know as George Orwell's "memory hole" can swallow freedom in a single generation. Dewey was in favor of that prospect, and so far, he is winning the day in the USA. For example, a significant fraction of the US populace thinks the epigram, "From each according to his ability; to each according to his need," is in the US Constitution. Freedom cannot survive in such an ignorant environment. The contest between freedom and ignorance is currently "a mighty close-run thing" in US polity.

Thus, I conclude that, if Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin disappear from England's history books, the latter two will reappear soon in Parliament.

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