I came across an example where a nine year old girl came home upset from school because she was given a history exercise which was a picture of a WW1 trench and she had to imagine being there and ponder why there were dead bodies not moved in the trench etc. Its certainly different to the way we were taught history and while there is more to history to remembering dates and the names of kings etc. I would have thought that the next step was to try to include some ethical backdrop possibly or economic backdrop which was probably missing when I learned history in school.
So are such methods the "bees knees" or a waste of time as a way to teach kids either History or empathy? It reminds of the Simpsons episode where the boys and girls are sent to different schools and Lisa's class do maths by having to think about how the numbers make them feel. Surely the more people have experienced war the more damaged they are, why would one want to "fake" it in the classroom?
there is a short Express article which covers some aspects of this in the UK case.
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