Wednesday, 27 May 2009

History is so last year

There was a depressing piece in the Guardian saying that there has been a huge drop-off in the numbers of students taking History at A Level here in the UK. Children are so predisposed to be fascinated by history and the UK is such a rich place historically, that if you can't keep them interested in the subject then something is going badly wrong isn't it?

Boys in particular seem hot-wired to be spellbound by the ancient world in particular. I find it upsetting as a sometime writer of historical fiction - that we are losing children's interest in what seems to me to be an endlessly fascinating subject as they get older.

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