Liberating the National History Curriculum

1st Edition

Josna Pankhania

Routledge
Published May 20, 2019
Reference - 182 Pages
ISBN 9781138573208 - CAT# Y382415
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

Once there were bards who sang the songs which kept the listeners in touch with their past. They reminded them of the heroes who once walked among them and whose legacy provided a sense of shared greatness and national identity. Later, the bards became historians and history teachers and English history became a glorious roll call of those who had gone out and created an Empire and, at the same time, spread education and enlightenment. But recent doubts have raised questions about partiality and perhaps there were losses suffered by the Empire’s people. Perhaps "their" heritage should be "our" heritage and therefore a fit subject for history to deal with.

Originally published in 1994, this book argues that the curriculum can be legitimately used to teach students the history of oppressed groups. It is important to note that Pankhania manages to do this, not in a divisive spirit but with the intent to seek unity for the future by understanding and accepting the positive and negative aspects of a collective past.

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