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More news from the education system: a reader writes to say that, driving his daughter to college somewhere in the South down a Jefferson Davis Highway, he happened to ask her who Jefferson Davis was. She had no idea. He then repeated the same question to a bunch of college graduates – they had no clue either, which is extraordinary. Whatever one may think about the guy, Davis was a major figure in this country’s past, and, I suspect, far from the only one currently being forgotten.

The death of history teaching is one of the ironies of an age supposedly so interested in culture, authenticity and heritage. British politician Enoch Powell once described history as ‘a nation’s collective memory’. When it is gone what is left?



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