I'm with Rachel on this. 'Page 32 Cultural Influences' is really rather
disturbing - is this really what the government expects new immigrants to
believe? At least with immigrants of Commonwealth origin, who are they
In the revised English national curriculum, Jerome Freeman apparently says,
'Empire has been given more emphasis and greater strength. It is a
significant part of British history and a topic that history teachers have
to embrace more.' Yes it is significant, but if the 'British Empire' is
going to be taught in English schools, what sort of angle will the
government expect teachers to take? Is the test for immigrants any guide?
After centuries of forcibly bringing 'civilisation' to all those
unfortunate, unappreciative natives, (starting of course with the Welsh,
Irish and Scots) the world as a whole is still suffering from the
after-effects of the British and other Empires and their successors.
What about a more critical assessment of past mistakes and a decision to do
better in future? Or is that too much to ask?
John Wood of the Highlands