Posted by Hazel Stone | Filed under Buttinskis
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?