Introduction

  • Carol Atherton

Abstract

In October 2002, 80 teachers from the west of England were invited to attend a conference on the teaching of English and history, held at Dartington Hall in Devon. Organised by the Prince of Wales, the conference included speeches by the poet Andrew Motion, the historian Simon Schama and 14 other writers and academics. The weekend was intended by the Prince to provide an opportunity for ‘all of you teachers of English and history who do value our culture […] to enrich your teaching despite the unavoidably narrow straitjacket of the examination system’, particularly at a time of mounting uncertainty about the growth of an ‘exam culture’ in British schools: according to the Prince, such a culture could lead to the creation of ‘an entire generation of culturally disinherited young people’.1

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Assimilation Carol Prose 

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Notes

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