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British schools should teach Britain's inheritance


The interior of the Abbot's house at Arbroath, where the great declaration was written in 1320 - "It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."
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Writing in the Sunday Mail, Peter Hitchens observes that it is impossible to teach the full truth about history to children in school, since accounts are contentious and the constraints of time make it necessary to be selective.

On what grounds, then, should British schools select? He answers -

To denigrate and dispirit? To confuse and leave fundamentally ignorant? Or to instill knowledge of and pride in the immense achievements of their forebears, which they will inherit and must hand on to their own children, within a coherent narrative?. . .

It is true that this country is the birthplace of freedom under the law, of religious and political tolerance, of a rich and majestic culture, which I am proud to have inherited.

It is also true that this has allowed it to be at the forefront of scientific development, to have the world's first modern economy and - armed with all these things - to defeat - with astonishing valour - many tyrannies, at home and abroad, which threatened the human spirit with endless repression and enslavement.

And that, as we said as recently as yesterday, is exactly what we are trying to do in the Liberty Timeline. After all, most of us would like to be remembered for the good things we have done. Let us remember the inheritance of freedom, just law and representative government, achieved by Brits at their best at great cost to themselves.