Schoolchildren 'forced to drop history at 14'

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History in schools is being put under threat as thousands of children are allowed to drop the subject at the age of 14 for “trivial reasons”, according to a leading academic.

Dr Sean Lang, senior lecturer in history at Anglia Ruskin University, criticised the “absolutely ludicrous” system in Britain that requires pupils to choose subject options half-way through secondary education.

He said many children were pushed into abandoning vital components of the curriculum for spurious reasons rarely linked to the academic discipline....

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