Public examinations involve a great deal of interpretation. How much freedom do those who interpret those frameworks have when devising assessments?
Contemporary populist narratives tend to foreground “othering” to a remarkable degree. Is there a future for “collectivity” in an age of division?
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Despite its limitations, perhaps etymology can point to subterranean connections between words, spark possibilities for reflection and, thus, create or make explicit neglected semantic possibilities?
Official narratives as in LUK give us insights into national identity management. This is particularly true when they aim to project identity outwards.
Paradoxically, relativity or relativism is often presented in an absolutist manner, as the proposition that nothing is true, and as a credo in which all is to be doubted apart from doubt itself....
History educators insist on the power and critical importance of knowing history and thinking historically about our collective pasts. Should history education display more awareness of its own past?
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The absence of the past is often disconcerting and uncanny but is, nevertheless, inevitable. Reflections on the reasons for historical ignorance.
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All history is narrative to one degree or another, as Danto has shown, and those who disdain narrative usually end-up telling stories, nonetheless, in their historical writing. We all live narrative projects...
Grammar has a reputation for tedium, and a well-deserved one, perhaps, given the way in which was traditionally taught and the facility with which concern with grammar can become pedantry. Grammar can, however, be a valuable tool for appraising historical thinking and for reflecting on how school history is made and understood.
Consider ‘agency’, or, in grammatical terms, the question ‘Who does what to whom?’ Grammatical analysis can reveal a great deal about our relationships with the past. ‘Critical historical consciousness’, for example – the historical equivalent of Nietzsche’s ‘philosophy with a hammer’ – subjects the past to the stringent scrutiny of the present, judging it iconoclastically (as with #RhodesMustFall).