We’d Like Drones, Please

Institute of Education researchers in Britain have decided that to teach patriotism in schools is wrong. And I quote:

Patriotism should be avoided in school lessons because British history is “morally ambiguous”, a leading educational body recommends.

History and citizenship lessons should stick to the bare facts rather than encouraging loyalty to Britain when covering subjects such as the Second World War or the British Empire, the Institute of Education researchers said. Teachers should not instill pride in what they consider great moments of British history, as more shameful episodes could be downplayed or excluded.

The British Empire can be described in many ways… Epic. World-changing. “Best forgotten” was not exactly on the tip of my tongue though.

As disdainful historians are pointing out to this committee of imbeciles, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

The imbeciles again:

…Dr Hand, the co-author of the report, said: “Gordon Brown and David Cameron have both called for a history curriculum that fosters attachment and loyalty to Britain, but the case for promoting patriotism in schools is weak.

“Are countries really appropriate objects of love? Loving things can be bad for us, for example when the things we love are morally corrupt. Since all national histories are at best morally ambiguous, it’s an open question whether citizens should love their countries.”

I ask you, Gentle Readers, when did patriotism become deserving of shame? It’s not just in Britain, I’ve noticed it a great deal in this country, as well. What is the problem with being proud of your country of birth? It does not mean you should blind yourself to the questionable actions of past policymakers. All it means is that you’re still capable of dreaming, of holding your nation, your neighbors, and yourself, to a higher ideal. When these children are denied the concept of patriotism, what will they have to inspire them to better anything outside their own self-centered view of the world?


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6 Responses to “We’d Like Drones, Please”

  1. Mycroft Holmes Says:
    February 2nd, 2008

    England can’t think of itself as better than France and still remain in the EU. Which makes a millenium of dead Englishmen cry out in anguish, I’m sure.

    Actually, I was not a patriotic teenager. I thought we were going to get everyone killed, and thought saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning was indoctrination, especially that “under God” part. I have since grown up.

    There was at one point a video or set of videos on YouTube on the subject of patriotism and whether it’s a good or bad thing. It’s an interesting way to see multiple sides of the issue. I think the gist of the opposed faction was that it makes people do things they wouldn’t do otherwise.

    “We’re all individuals! (I’m not!)”

  2. Curtis Lowe Says:
    February 2nd, 2008

    This is exactly why every night at the dinner table, I ask my kids what they learned in school today (especially in social studies class).

    Then I proceed to fisk it, rip it apart, explain to my kids why it is wrong, and teach them the proper history, and explain to them why patriotism is not only good, it is a necessity.

  3. George Chatzipetros Says:
    February 2nd, 2008

    Great site… just discovered it.

    Patriotism should not make someone blind to its country’s flaws. But… the only way to fight to improve something is if you care about it in the first place. Therefore only true patriots can work to make their countries a better place to live.

  4. Hazel Stone Says:
    February 2nd, 2008

    Mycroft – I predict a major increase in poltergeist activity in Britain in the coming years.

    Curtis – Absolutely. That’s always been our policy as well.

    George – Thanks! That’s exactly what I was trying to say. If you don’t care about something then you’re damned sure not going to care about improving it. And what effect is this going to have on the future of their armed forces?? Soldiers with no patriotism? No thank you.

  5. BobG Says:
    February 3rd, 2008

    George said exactly what I was thinking. You have to care about something to want to make it better.

  6. Mike Rossiter Says:
    February 4th, 2008

    The difference between patriotism and nationalism was once described to me thusly: patriotism is love for one’s country in spite of its flaws, nationalism is love for once country ignoring its flaws.


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