The history curriculum, 1904

As the teaching of history again looms into the spotlight, this statement echoes back to us from a century ago.

A course which entirely ignores history, which knows nothing of political economy or philosophy, and which expunges anything related to ethics and morality, may qualify its recipient for competency in the petty details of trade, but even though it costs £800,000 a year it can never create voters fitted to take a broad, unselfish view of what is best for the whole community.

HG Turner, A History of the Colony of Victoria Vol II, Longmans Green, London, 1904, p. 353.

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