Why do we learn what about World War 1?

Understanding what factors can shape the interpretations of history we are taught in school

Helen Snelson

Jewish propaganda poster

This learning activity is designed to help students to reflect upon how they are taught about World War 1 and to explore the factors that determine what they are taught. They question people to find out about how decisions are made about their school curriculum and then compare this to a curriculum from another school. They discuss the similarities and differences between the curricula and hypothesise as to why these exist. (There are opportunities to explore this aspect in more depth if the school has an E-twinning partner and/or if the teacher is part of the EUROCLIO network.) Finally, students decide how they would interpret World War 1 for an exhibition in a European history museum.