Academics at the Institute of Education in the University of London warned that pupils should not be encouraged to love Britain for its history. The report, by Michael Hand and Jo Pearce, said patriotism should be taught – but as "a controversial issue". The case for promoting patriotism in schools is weak. Patriotism is love of one’s country, but are countries really appropriate objects of love? All national histories are at best morally ambiguous, it’s an open question whether citizens should love their countries. Loving things can be bad for us.
Is it any wonder that the country is morally destitute, intellectually bare of original thought, with this woolly left wing liberalism? Some say children have too many examinations – let us remind ourselves that examinations are a last desparate attempt to produce well balanced citizens and are an examination of a teachers ability to teach, not the childs ability to learn. Teaching children "love is bad for you" just about sums up why society has no respect for fellow citizens, their property or values.
The researchers questioned more than 300 teachers in London secondary schools and pupils aged 13-14. Three-quarters of the teachers felt they had an obligation to alert their pupils to the dangers of patriotic sentiments. Only 9% of teachers thought schools should actively promote patriotism.
Here are 300 reasons why they are WRONG.
Britons are losing a grip on fact and fiction – with nearly one in four believing Winston Churchill and Florence Nightingale are myths. And more than half think Sherlock Holmes actually existed. In a new survey, 47% of people thought that Richard the Lionheart, the 12th-century English king, was a myth. They were also under the impression that Charles Dickens, one of the most famous writers in English literature, was a fictional character himself. Indian political leader Gandhi; Cleopatra, ruler of ancient Egypt; adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh; British military leader Bernard Montgomery; and Boudica, famous for leading a major uprising against occupying Roman forces, were all thought to be characters dreamt up for films and books. Britons thought fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes and pilot Biggles were real, according to the survey of 3,000 people commissioned to celebrate UKTV Gold’s forthcoming Robin Hood season. Over half of those questioned (58%) believe that the detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his novels of the late 1880s actually lived in Baker Street, with sidekick Watson. :
Historical figures and the percentage of Britons who believe they are myths:1. Richard the Lionheart (47%)2. Winston Churchill (23%)3. Florence Nightingale (23%)4. Bernard Montgomery (6%)5. Boudica (5%)6. Sir Walter Raleigh (4%)7. Duke of Wellington (4%)8. Cleopatra (4%)9. Gandhi (3%)10. Charles Dickens (3%). Fictional figures and the percentage of Britons who believe they are real:Sherlock Holmes (58%)Biggles (33%)
The Government has called for history lessons to help children develop a sense of their British identity and a love of their country. Is it any wonder ???????
Will the politically correct stifle this proposal? Why not? They have destroyed everything else that people believe in.