History, that which tells us who we are and where we’re from, often enough hated by those who want us to be something that they want, fairly often reinterpreted by various academicians to whitewash away inconvenient facts which ought to be matters of pride yet are twisted into a blame game. Slavery in the UK being a case in point, yes we were at the centre of a slave trade, yes it caused misery to untold thousands, but (and this is the point that is often missed out) we did something about it, because it was the right thing to do, we even used our Navy when we were fighting the Napoleonic system for our very existence to stop the vile trade, not just for our nation, but against the nations who were selling the slaves too. Those who would have us apologise hate these inconvenient facts and would rather we didn’t know, the previous government was one of those proponents which is why history became something schools no longer taught as a GCSE subject.
Data published by the Department for Education shows that 159 state secondary schools failed to enter a single pupil for a history exam last summer.
It suggests that the schools – collectively teaching around 150,000 children – are unable to offer it as a distinct subject in the last two years of secondary education, even if pupils have a passion for history.
Separate figures also show that the overall proportion of pupils studying the subject in state comprehensives across England dropped by almost a fifth under Labour.
The disclosure comes amid mounting concerns over a fall in teenagers taking a string of tough GCSEs over the last 14 years.
Critics blame schools for pushing pupils onto “soft” subjects and vocational qualifications to inflate their position in school league tables.
So, we deny our kids their history, we encourage them into softer subjects, we allow uncontrolled expansion of services like wikipedia and its constant rewriting battles between various groups, though mostly dominated by the liberal left. We have the state broadcaster putting its own “slant” on practically every news item and a whole generation kept amused (for a given value of amused) by mindless pap that passes for entertainment aka the X Factor, Britain’s Got talent and other reality tv sideshows.
The how or the why is no longer important, the powers that be have their generation of feral foot soldiers, they’ve even started on a new one.
1984, Book One, Chapter 3
“If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death.”
“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'”
“Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.”
Book One, Chapter 2
“Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.”
It would be easy to say that we only had ourselves to blame, save that those reading this aren’t to blame, we tried and we care, yet the powers that be just ignored us and have got what they want, a generation of apathetic non voters who rely on the state for their bread and circuses yet who rarely interfere with the machinations of the state.
1984 looks more and more like prophecy…