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Is Gove beaten on history?

by Andy Stone
Issue No. 2359

Tory education secretary Michael Gove seems to have made a major retreat in his attempts to rewrite the school history curriculum. 

If leaks to the press are true, a redrafted version will contain less jingoistic bias.

The airbrushing of Islamic and African topics has been reversed and the overloaded list of compulsory content reduced to suggestions.Unreasonable expectations for infants to define “nation” or “civilisation” would be replaced by personal and family history.

The detail will decide whether the victory amounts to winning the war. But the Defend School History campaign wants to build on these successes.

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Tue 25 Jun 2013, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2359
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