Why is the history of education worth knowing?

Why learn about the history of education?

Understanding how schools developed in the past can help us make good decisions about how they should look now and in the future.

Are you curious about the past? Are you a keen reader? If the answer to both these questions is yes, you’re in luck. There are history books available about pretty much every aspect of human life over time, from the general to the niche.

Whether you’re interested in the rise of the Tudors, naval warfare, the Chelsea Flower Show, wrestling, witchcraft, beekeeping or Italian horror films, there’s a title out there for you.

Or is there? Here’s a notable exception to the rule: education. Because as far as I’m aware, there is no general history of education in print in the UK at the moment, nor has there been since the 1970s.

Read more in my Teach Secondary article

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