Michael Gove Accused of "Airbrushing" Queen Victoria From History

By Gary Cutlack on at

A draft version of the new primary school curriculum has been criticised for leaving out key historical figures, like that woman who was queen for ages. And that bloke who did all those bridges.

According to a leaked version of the new curriculum seen by the Standard, the code makes no reference to the life and works of such famous citizens as Florence Nightingale, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Alexander Graham Bell or John Logie Baird.

Stephen Twigg, the shadow education secretary, couldn't resist using these historical omissions as the base for a bit of tedious political point-scoring action, saying: "Parents will be flabbergasted that Michael Gove was planning to airbrush Queen Victoria from the history curriculum. The Tories used to claim to be the party of Victorian values, but now it seems they wanted to ignore this key part of our country’s past."

Although aren't we supposed to be teaching children how to program computers nowadays anyway? Who cares about some old black & white people if your kid can develop an app? [Standard]

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