Yes, I do agree narrative is the lifeblood of good history teaching, and has been ever since Herodotus and those Bible writers who may or may not have been earlier than Herodotus. But anyone who does not go beyond that to examine historiography, the actual nature and method of history and how the past is intellectually constructed, has not yet been educated. Why, they could even end up believing ripping yarns like The Da Vinci Code!
Any fool can find factoids, especially today with Google and so on.
And guess what! Kevin (do visit this) agrees with John Howard! Hardly surprising that, is it? Kevin is the author of what I described on reading it as the worst and silliest book I read on education in forty years of teaching. John loves him. My view of the book has not changed. Is Kevin the Paris Hilton of the educational world? Or am I just being grumpy?
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