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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord save the School History Project
At some point in the 1970s or 80s (or was it the 90s?) a small group of history teachers got together and attempted to improve the delivery of history in English (and maybe also Welsh) secondary schools by setting up the School History Project. They reasoned that historical content (i.e. key dates, events, names etc.) is not the 'be all and end all' of history. To study...
Published 18 months ago by M. Wheeler

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1.0 out of 5 stars Embarassing....
It surely is one of the worst book of History I have ever seen: I am not a Gove fan, I actually hate him, but when He says that we must change the level of the National Cv I fully understand him. Seriously: buy this book (possibly second hand, in this way you won't have to waste your money) and have a good laugh. It is so simple, poor of notions and so focused on...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord save the School History Project, 31 July 2013
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M. Wheeler "Martin 1989" (South London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SHP History Year 7 Pupil's Book: The Roman Empire and England 1066-1500: Pupil's Book Year 7 (Schools History Project History) (Paperback)
At some point in the 1970s or 80s (or was it the 90s?) a small group of history teachers got together and attempted to improve the delivery of history in English (and maybe also Welsh) secondary schools by setting up the School History Project. They reasoned that historical content (i.e. key dates, events, names etc.) is not the 'be all and end all' of history. To study history properly you also need to analyse and evaluate: these are vital life skills for a young person. In the process of tackling a knotty old historical bone, a young person can be taught a systematic way to break down the question into bite sized chunks. The beauty of history is that the answers to such questions as 'Who started World War One?' often changes over time: there is rarely a simple answer to any historical question. History is an art not a science. In later life, such key facts as the date of the Great Fire of London are of little practical use to a student trying to make their way at a time of austerity. However, the skills needed to interpret the historical evidence from past times are transferrable life skills that can help an adult to inform their world picture at home and at work. The School History Project (SHP) focus upon teaching these essential life skills, bless them. And if you doubt what I write here, then Google 'celebrities with history degrees'. People with history qualifications are highly prized by employers because they tend to have cute minds. Studying history properly gives them that.

If I have a criticism of this SHP series of books, it is that the vocabulary is too tough for many Year 7, 8 and 9s that I teach. I really do have to break down the sources for about half the class because many of the kids find the material too hard to access. I wish the SHP would sort that out. I also feel that the pages are too 'busy'. Some of my students find the crammed pages are too daunting and they are put off. Having said that, I think these are the best school history text books currently made. If you know of something better, then I would seriously love to see it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Embarassing...., 26 July 2014
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It surely is one of the worst book of History I have ever seen: I am not a Gove fan, I actually hate him, but when He says that we must change the level of the National Cv I fully understand him. Seriously: buy this book (possibly second hand, in this way you won't have to waste your money) and have a good laugh. It is so simple, poor of notions and so focused on anecdotes that it is a pain to imagine this bunch of crXp as a history book. I do not entirely blame the writer, of course: this is the product of years and years of destruction of the National Curricula. Our kids will know that King John had a terrible diet but they will ignore every single battle and event of his reign (except few obvious things like Magna Carta and similar - all generalized in a terrible way, without even an inkling of historical analysis-).
Simply embarassing...I really do not see the point of teaching the life in the middle age if you then ignore what happened to the English, Spanish, French crowns and you are not able to relate all this elements in a general picture of Europe. This is not history: IT IS THE SUN of the middle age.
GROTESQUE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars History, 13 May 2013
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An excellent book. The students love it and teaching is fun with such a good resource. I appreciate the hard work that went into developing this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good good, 29 Sept. 2014
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