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Memory man

Memory man

One of the prime purposes of education should be to discipline memory and teach you how to use it. To do this, students need to learn facts. Without the ability to retain distinct pieces of information and then perceive their connections, you simply cannot argue and you cannot debate.  So when I consider the changes that Michael Gove, the education secretary, is making to the history curriculum in England and the importance he places on chronology and dates, I think he is right in principle.  However, he often errs in practice.

read more from David Starkey writing in The TES

 

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