Speaking during a visit to the University of York to mark the tenth anniversary of his landmark 15-part BBC series A History of Britain ,Simon Schama attacked government cuts in the funding of the humanities on Higher Education, before turning his attention to school history.
You have to make sure you understand the social realities of what it’s like to deal with a classroom, for example in inner cities, where a very high proportion of children have English as a second language. Those social realities are very compelling.
However, he believes that youngsters retain a hunger for knowledge about the past, and that history remains popular in schools.
He said: “Children of all ages are wired for ancestral stories and they are also wired for a kind of critical curiosity. In other words, not just to be a kind of passive blotting paper for ethics but also to ask questions about it.”