EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: overhauling the history we teach
In this episode:
Has our failure to understand Britain’s history played a role in recent political events? This week, we discuss teaching about the British Empire in schools with Professor Gurminder Bhambra, expert in postcolonial studies, and Jason Todd, former history teacher and now lecturer in history education. They give us an overview of the British Empire, before explaining its current place in history lessons and how we could do much better.
And comedian John Kearns wants fines for people who don't vote, witness protection for all and plaques showing where rich people live.
Gurminder Bhambra (@GKBhambra), Professor of Postcolonial & Decolonial Studies at University of Sussex
Jason Todd (@JJtodd1966), Lecturer in History Education at University of Oxford
John Kearns (@johnsfurcoat), double Edinburgh award-winning comedian
History in schools
Runnymede Trust: Teaching Migration, Belonging and Empire in Secondary Schools (Jul 2019)
The Guardian: Migration and empire 'should be taught in English schools' (Jul 2019)
Brexit & the British Empire
Byline Times: Brexit and Empire: Nostalgia for a Nation That Never Was Is Driving Britain Over a Cliff (Jul 2019)
Rahul Verma: Brexit trade delusions show why Britain needs to confront its history of empire (Jun 2019)
Gurminder Bhambra: The imperial nostalgia of a ‘Small Island’ (Jun 2018)