December 05, 2002
History in Harpenden and drama in Welwyn

Mark Holland emails thus:

My girlfriend is a primary school teacher at a very good (state) school in Harpenden Hertfordshire. The other evening she was helping out her friend and fellow teacher who is the history co-ordinator. I was asking about the (national curriculum - older infants) subjects covered and one is something like "Great Britain since 1948". We all looked at each other wondering what was significant about 1948 given all the other possible juicy historical dates around then. We tracked it down to being when the Empire Windrush arrived in port. Draw your own conclusions.

Not all BEdBlog readers will get that reference. The Windrush was the ship that brought the first big batch of post-war coloured immigrants to Britain from the West Indies.

Also tonight I was out at my evening class and whilst talking to some friends discovered that their kids' school (in Welwyn) play is next week. One child needs an oil drum costume! Funny Nativity I said. No it's some environmental bollocks called "and then came man" about the "destruction of the Earth". Jeez. It ties right in with the opinion as fact geography mentioned in the Telegraph the other week.

I'm fed up with the brain washing.

Thanks very much for this Mark. Aside from the potential Windrush confusion - emailers, please remember that blogs such as this are read by a global readership, not a merely local one – this is everything a guest email to BEdBlog should be, full of facts and local detail. The pompous abstractions of national education policy bore me dreadfully, even if I agree with the policies being proclaimed. Specifics like this are a breath of fresh air by comparison, even if, as here, the news is rather dispiriting.

My perfect email to BEdBlog would contain news of an educational initiative that I admire, and which I could assist merely by passing on the news of its existence, for example by steering new helpers or pupils or financial assistance towards it. Dream on Brian. But dreams dreamt aloud can sometimes come true. Meanwhile, Mark's report will do nicely. Thanks again.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:01 AM
Category: History