Last year, I was doing a comparison of the films on the WJEC French curriculum. There were four films on the A-level curriculum, La Raffle (the Round Up), (A very Long Engagement), La Classe, and Le Havre. Which of those four would I recommend? Well, for learning French, La Raffle had a huge weakness. In […]
I hate to start a review with a spoiler, but knowing your history is always a spoiler. And, if you don’t know your history, historical films often lack interest. Spain was backward during Franco’s dictatorship, just as fundamentalists in the middle east are making their own countries backward. Much of Europe only truly emerged from […]
We’ve all heard that today’s students don’t know history, and can’t find anything on a map. Is it reassuring or not to know that their ancestors weren’t much brighter? American students back in the time of Gandhi and Mussolini didn’t even know who those two famous people were. “Gandhi is an Italian Ambassador in […]
Recently, I’ve heard embittered graduates complain that University was a waste of time. They saw going as purely an economic investment. But, this hasn’t always been the case.
The Times asked historical novelist Philippa Gregory why British school children stop studying history the moment they have that choice. Like one third of all British 13-year-olds, Ms. Gregory chose to stop studying history at GCSE level. It was as if her teachers ‘sat down and said “What’s the most boring thing you can possibly […]