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Why would any passionate History teacher work in a school that adopts Integrated Humanities?

Discussion in 'History' started by WD, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. Same to you kentish man! What amazes me is that while all the staff ca see that it doesnt work (some infact were teaching the last time this 'great idea' was suggested 20years ago - it didnt work then either!) but yet despite this SMT push it through! What makes me laugh is that its not assessed in year 7 so we have no way of saying 'it doesnt work' untill they go through year 11! As no doubt by then it will too late, and various underperformances throughout the years will be explained away!
  2. In what way does it not work?

    How did I survive A-level History on the back of my 100% Coursework GCSE Humanities course if is "doesn't work"?
  3. Perhaps because you had an excellent History teacher who was a specialist in his/her subject and who had honed their skills by teaching it at all levels.

    And because you probably worked hard.
  4. sparklyeyes

    sparklyeyes New commenter

    I would just love to be able to teach History. As it is I think I am becoming resigned to being an English teacher by default. I want to be able to inspire pupils with my love of History and have done in the past, however, History jobs are so hard to come by, and I can only see the position getting worse what with the changes in the primary curriculum, so much that I fear that I will remain teaching English forever as I have taught English for half of my teaching career.

    Oh well........
  5. indeed you are right, i saw only 5 history jobs in the whole contry on tes the other week! not much at this time of the year! My HOD has already told me that im unlikey to be teaching just history through my career. while i dont mind the odd lesson, id hate to do more than one or 2 'other' lessons!
  6. Think out of the box is the phase that comes to mind!

    History teachers take a look at the future of Humanities full stop.... You may be lucky to be teaching any of our subjects in years to come.... How are your hairdressing skills?

    If only 25% of the students of the future are going to take subjects outside of foundation then how many of us will be looking elsewhere for employment? (Diplomas here we come)!

    So please, however passionate you feel, let your voice be heard, but in the meantime if you love teaching look outside the comfort of your specialism. There is always Citizenship and RE!!!

    PS Can someone please tell me why, when history classes bring in a good number of results, are those in the powers that be, trying their hardest to make these changes to the seperate humanities subjects? Is it always a time issue? We have lots loads of time over the last few years in KS3. I wonder?


    Humanities at KS3... the kids don't seem to have problems with it....just some teachers..... boxes come to mind again!

    Sorry I just happen to love history....I am a fully fledged historian but love teaching geography and RE which I am brilliant! ((Results to prove it)

  7. I teach all of the subjects above as well. History can benefit from a cross curricular approach. However what I am experiencing is the watering down of the subject to the point where it is meaningless.
    I suspect that the majority of history teachers on this forum do not just teach history.
    My concern is that history in an meaningful form is under threat from humanities.
    My problem is not with humanities my problem is that I feel that I am watching my subject disintergate into meaningless dribble and there is nothing I can do to stop it. I enjoy teaching R.S, Citizenship and Geography but not at the cost of devaluing History.
  8. WD

    WD New commenter

    I am a History AST, and only teach History.
  9. I am a History HoD and only teach History
  10. Maybe I am wrong then but I thought it was common for history teachers to teach other subjects besides history.
  11. WD

    WD New commenter

    I'm also Head of Humanities-and we couldn't get a History teacher for a terms supply, so have got a Geography teacher and a business teacher splitting the lessons between them! I don't know of any History teachers who teach anything other than History!
  12. I really am in the wrong school. Although it has been a great experience teaching a variety of subjects I really would like to focus more on teaching history.
    During my PGCE in both my placement schools it was normal for history teachers to teach other subjects. I assumed wrongly that this was common.
    Learn something new every day.
  13. WD

    WD New commenter

    I think it depends on how much your school values History, plus also it's budget issues. Sometimes in a small department it is cheaper for a school to get History teachers to teach 'bits and pieces' to save money!
  14. And sometimes in a school where there is more demand for History than there are History teachers, SMT rope in anyone with a light timetable to teach it!
  15. saoghalbeag

    saoghalbeag New commenter

    I have already posted an extended rant in another thread but just wanted to add here that this topic is distressing and uplifting all at once. Uplifting to know there are so many history teachers out there as passionate about their subject and the preservation of same as I am, but disappointing that the UK seem to be going in a similar way to Australia (where I am).

    We have a revolting concept known as "SOSE" over here (Studies of Society and Environment) that has managed to suck all joy and enthusiasm for teaching right out of me. In my previous teaching post I covered topics in Geography, Geology (yegads!), Economics, Business Studies, Careers, Accounting, and Globalisation. As they say over here, I know '****** all' about quite a few of those topics, so was forced to stay up night after night downloading resources, cramming from the textbook...at first it seemed a little bit interesting to be looking into different topics and trying to subversively add a little snippet of history here and there, but as time went by and it became apparent that the Head of SOSE had NO interest in history or the teaching of it (she was actually AGAINST teaching history, saying it promoted narrow views of the world etc...), I began to lose the will to live...well, at the will to teach, at least!

    On top of this, behaviour became a big issue - the kids were bored out of their skulls. At KS3 they had not option to study their interest areas (ie: History, Geog as stand alone disciplines) and were instead herded through a mish mash 'SOSE' curriculum devised by a former accountant who despised history. Sure, they covered the 'key skills' or whatever name they go by here, but at what price?

    Interestingly, as other posters have noted, they have recently done a back-flip on the integrated humanities curriculum over here and are planning to dismantle it.

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