Janet Daley observes that in order to celebrate British culture, we have to first know what it is. But the dire state of history teaching in our dumbed down state school drone factories is hardly going to strengthen self-belief when all it teaches is self-loathing.
If we don't wish to repeat the mistakes of history, we'd best learn from it and we're going to have to take it upon ourselves to:
- further educate ourselves and
- educate the younger generation.
The government won't do it and in any case, why would we want it to? We have enough propaganda to contend with via the BBC and 'embedded' journalists of the corporate media.
We could do with a Wiki-history-type site, free to all, giving voice to historical perspectives that the government does not promote. For example, Antony Sutton's "Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler" alone is highly useful in helping the reader to deconstruct the propaganda arising from the Eurozone. It quite clearly shows the long-term patterns and plans of countries over the past century which are playing out today.
Or, we could adopt the approach taken by the free Khan Academy, (endorsed by Lew Rockwell in articles and interviews), which offers a comprehensive range of courses for homeschoolers of all ages.
Given the staggering cost of higher and further education in this country and the aversion that most people now have to acquiring debt in return for an 'education', might this not be a good time to explore new educational paradigms and models?
Any independent historians out there willing to give it a go? David Starkey?