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A Mild Case of “Meh”

Confronting a Lack of Love for Learning History

Teaching is tough, but it’s not all doom and gloom. I get to stand up and speak about a range of topics such as:

  • The Norman Conquest
  • The impact of the British Empire
  • The development of public health throughout the last 750 years
  • The English Civil War
  • The Suffrage Movement
  • Native American beliefs
  • WW1
  • The abolition of slavery

The list goes on.

For me, that is exciting! I do not spend my days chained to a desk, but I engage young people with some of the most exciting aspects of our heritage. Look at that list, of course they are interested, Right?

Not always. There are a fair few students who are fascinated by the foreign world that is the past, but for others, they have a “Mild case of meh”. So why is this the case? The answer is not as simple as “they are not bothered” because they are; they just don’t know it yet.

What can we do to tackle this “Mild case of meh”? Well, switch it up. We have to make history interesting, but more so it has to be relevant. My challenge is to find ways to relate century old topics to the modern 21st-century teenager (a scary thought). That will be tough, but if it were easy we would have already cured “the meh”.

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