Teaching Remembrance

War School is sub-titled as 'The Battle for Britain's Children' - a phrase that can be read in a number of ways - all pertinent and appropriate. Think about it...

We have been thinking about this image

It illustrates a recent Royal British Legion - @PoppyLegion - Tweet.

Through our teaching materials, everyone can access and learn about the heritage and tradition of Remembrance. If you are a teacher or educator in any capacity, we are excited to bring you our free downloadable resources.

Follow the links and you find a series of resources aimed at all ages - with more illustrations in the same style. This is Key Stage 1 - age 4-7 years

The introductory text includes -

The products we have created talk about service and conflict in a relevant, age appropriate, and engaging way, allowing children to explore the historical differences between wartime society and today. Creative writing challenges, stimulating discussion and educational worksheets help them build a picture of a bygone world that continues to shape the world they live in.

Our friends at Peace Pledge Union also provide educational resources on Remembrance

They say -

At the Peace Pledge Union, we believe that young people should hear a range of views and perspectives on war and peace, allowing them to form their own views as they grow up.

Quakers and Forces Watch also provide guidance and links to resources.

War School was inspired by our deep concern over the manipulation and exploitation of young people in the expansion of Militarism in the UK. Our film has been given a '15' certificate by the British Board of Film Censors citing 'strong language and disturbing images'. A main thread of the film is about the way young people are targeted by the government and the military, but the film is not aimed at young people. We feel that people cannot form a picture of a bygone world or form their own views on war and peace without seeing and discussing the full range of issues, causes, implications and repercusssions of the British involvement in war and militarism. Disturbing images and ideas.

In the face of the government response to the National Recognition of our Armed Forces report campaigners responded with alternative approaches. That work was necessary and continues to help build some resistance. But it's a spit in the ocean compared to the ongoing assault on our freedoms. And, as we have said all along, it is mostly aimed at children and young people. Along with the increase in Everyday Militarism governments have reoriented the National Curriculum to support an Imperialist view of history and present a wholly false impression of Britain's violent role in global politics throughout the last century. Introduction of the controversial Prevent strategy, police designation of campaign groups as extremist and directives on Anti-Capitalist teaching (what!!!) are further instances of 'conditioning' the public into obedience.

We will only change, halt and reverse, these policies if we can reach the hearts and minds of the teachers, parents and policymakers who, knowingly and unknowingly, condone and collude in the manufacture of the myths and misinformation that hides the true nature of war and militarism.

War School is free to view now on Vimeo

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