NB This page is out of date: the proposals have been defeated. See home page for explanation.
David Aaronovitch wrote in The Times on Thurs 28th Feb: 'I think that if I were a history teacher at an English school now it would be a good time to kill myself'! Here are some suggestions for some those that favour a less extreme but more productive response...
- Email your MP.
- Get involved with Defend School History
- Write to a newspaper: Click on the one you want for the email address: The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph. Articles in The Guardian and The Independent have generally been very critical of the new National Curriculum; The Times in the middle and the Daily Telegraph supportive. Paper that are unlikely to respond to arguments about multiculturalism and academic freedom may well respond to arguments about the economy (employers preferring critical thinking skills to specific parrotting of facts and an international outlook over an insular one).
- You could also write to a history magazine such as BBC History or History Today.
- If you feel strongly about the issue of holocaust education (see Objections page), raise this via the Holocaust Education Trust's contact page.
- Send links to this site to anyone who might be interested, especially primary school teachers, secondary history teachers, history academics and anyone with a high public profile or a big presence on Facebook, Twitter etc.
- Print out and distribute this image. If you are a student, university / college notice boards especially in libraries would be a very good place to put it and may raise awareness among academics. If you would like to receive it as a pdf file, please get in touch via the contact page.