For dverse poets we’ve been asked to write a Miltonic sonnet. Although I live in New Zealand, I still follow the education news in Britain. I’m generally appalled by what the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is doing. Here, I address him regarding his history curriculum (see this Guardian article for more about the issues):
In order you’ll put all our kings and queens,
lining them up to be taught by timeline,
old rulers consigned to junior minds,
where facts will be learnt by human machines.
With less time given to what might have beens,
children will miss important subtle signs,
cramming names and dates, no room to opine,
or deeply understand historic scenes.
To fully grasp how history courses,
don’t just recite and respond flippantly,
we should teach first and secondary sources,
evaluate, question, think critically.
We have to learn from the past: good and bad,
so time to end your education fads.
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