April 16th, 2009

The Librarian

That's education!

Have just finished watching the Terry Jones series Medieval Lives ... now that's how history (and, indeed, any subject) SHOULD be taught ... a mixture of wonder, narrative, reconstruction, trivia, and humour based on research and fact rather than on the historical reinventions of the Victorians (whose desperate need to make their generation look superior to those previous is responsible for most of the misinformation that's still taught in schools). The real thing is a LOT more interesting than the 19th century version.

Many years ago a high school librarian to whom I had loaned my copy of Douglas Adams' Last Chance To See returned it to me with the comment, "If textbooks were written like that, there'd be no dropouts." I say the same definitely applies to Mr. Jones and history. Reason enough to watch the series (or at least read the companion book), no?

As for myself, I now need to get my hands on a copy of Barbarians!