Inclusive? Of course it is!
Inclusive education is the whole point of Black History Month, surely? The aim was always to redress the balance, because many people thought history was all about white people. As I said before, history often seemed to be very narrow, and English rather than British.
Why is it not inclusive?
Some people point out that Black History Month excludes the history of people of Asian origins. Of course, it also excludes the history of people of non-British European origins. They must feel that history is not about them.
How can it be more inclusive?
The problem is that unless you teach the history of every community in Britain you are likely to leave out someone.
- How much more could we squeeze into Black History Month?
- Could we also have an Asian History Month?
- How many more?
Perhaps individual schools could adapt their history syllabus to cater for most of their children, even if they can’t think of everyone. They might try changing the emphasis each year, so as to include most children over time.
Aim to be inclusive!
My main concern is that many children feel history is nothing to do with them. I want everyone to take an interest in history and to see it is relevant to today. I try to allow for this in my novels, where I can, as I hope you can see in my collection of short stories, Geoffrey’s Historical Shorts as well as in Highwaypersons, The King’s Justice. However, education must begin in school. Let’s encourage the whole of the next generation. Come on!