How ought war to be remembered in schools?

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


David Aldridge,Programme lead for Professional Education courses, recently led a seminar at the Institute of Education discussing ‘How Ought War to be Remembered in Schools?’

The seminar was organised by IMPACT, an initiative of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, to bring philosophical perspectives to bear on current education policy in the UK. The Seminar was attended by policy makers, politicians and practitioners as well as researchers and students working on education policy.

David discussed the reasons usually advanced for involving children and young people in commemorating the war dead and  put forward the argument that remembrance in schools requires a major rethink of established rituals and practices. David comments:

Nobody’s addressed this specifically from an educational perspective. At this time of year there’s all kinds of debate about what remembrance is, and whether we should even be doing it. But educationally, it seems to be kind of the last unquestioned front.

David Aldridge, Programme lead for Professional Education courses

Alongside David Aldridge in the debate were Jerome Freeman, Director of the First World War Centenary Battlefields Tour Programme, Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War coalition, Matthew Rhodes, Director of Strategy and relationships at British Future and Professor Michael Hand, editor of IMPACT.

Learn more from the ‘ How Ought War to be Remembered in Schools’ pamphlet.

The pamphlet is summarised in The Conversation.

Journalist, Fran Abrams discusses David’s pamphlet in The Guardian.