A civilization that forgets its history has little to look forward to. It’s a familiar refrain, but the way in which history is taught in too many schools these days is a tragedy, not least in that it deprives so many children not only of their past, but of so many wonderful stories and, yes, some pretty useful lessons. Given that, it’s depressing to read that, sixty years after D-Day, disturbingly large numbers of British children have little idea of what happened on June 6th, 1944.
One interesting footnote to this story is the child who scored 100 percent on a recent D-Day test did so thanks to having played a computer game. That’s worth noting by all those who spend so much time decrying the intrusion of modern technology into childhood.