I listened to a caller on 5fm this morning having a big old rant about the history being taught in our schools today. He went on about how 'white' kids are missing out on pre '94 history and that it should change because post '94 is not our only history.
I matriculated in '96, so the history I was taught was mostly pre '94 and to be honest, it bored me to death. Reason being, I just don't think history being taught at school is interesting at all and to be honest, they cant really cover all our history anyway.
After school I became way more interested in the history of the world including SA history, but I could choose to learn about it or not. Some people will be interested and then they can go and study it and others wont, simple as that.
I don't really know where this guy is coming from, is it just another angry dude venting his frustration on national radio about something you cant really change. Schools give you the foundation for the future and if you want to study history at varsity level, go for it.
I agree that post '94 history is more relevant today for learners starting school and they will understand it. I think the kids should at least get a introduction about the pre' 94 history and where we started, so they have a understanding of it, but that is as far as it should go.
We live in a different environment today and I think we should respect that.
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