Letter: Peasants, kings and inspiring teachers

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Sir: My nine-year-old daughter is so inspired by this term's topic at school - the Tudors and Stuarts - that we hardly hear her talk about anything else. She has learnt a lot of facts and dates but we have had discussions about Protestants and Catholics, infant mortality, infidelity, how people fared without antibiotics and so on.

The current debate about history in the national curriculum presumably has some value to those who know more about these sorts of things than I do, but it seems to me that in the end it depends on the teacher. A good teacher will make a subject inspiring, informative and relevant and needs the resources in time and money to do this job well.

Three cheers for Mrs Shand at the Sheredes School]

Yours faithfully,




5 May