Don't mention the war: UK education watchdog

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22 December 2005, LONDON - British schools have been accused of teaching children "too much about Hitler" and medieval kings and not enough about modern history and the wider world, a leading education watchdog has said.

22 December 2005

LONDON - British schools have been accused of teaching children "too much about Hitler" and medieval kings and not enough about modern history and the wider world, a leading education watchdog has said.

In a report published Thursday, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) said there had been a gradual narrowing and "Hitlerisation" of history teaching for pupils over 14.

The content of history lessons for this age group continued to be dominated by topics such as the Tudor kings and the 20th century dictatorships - such as that of the Nazi German dictator Adolf Hitler - giving "increasing cause for concern", it said.

The report precedes the publication of new guidelines on teaching post-war German history for schools due to be published next week by the QCA.

A spokesman said: "Britain has a long and rich history and there are many interesting periods that teachers can get their pupils interested in. We would encourage them to look at the spectrum of history rather than just focusing on a few periods."

The report comes after the outgoing German ambassador to London, Thomas Matussek, complained earlier this year that British people were still "obsessed with Nazism" and ignorant about modern Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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