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Strong Evidence That Richard III’s Body Found- With Scoliosis

September 12, 2012

So, according to the Telegraph today, it seems George VI was not the only disabled British King. These are the sorts of facts we should have been taught in history.

This is a message for all mainstream secondary school history teachers, from a disabled ‘child’ who once took mainstream history lessons. There was disability in the slave trade. There was disability in the Holocaust. George VI stammered. So why did I learn these very important things so many years after leaving school?

Yet they didn’t hesitate for a second to teach me that the slave trade was about race, the Holocaust about religion, and that George VI was the father of Queen Elizabeth II. Just as these very important lessons were aimed at reducing religious and racial hatred, teaching us about the disability links in equal amounts of detail might just have reduced disability discrimination and prejudice.

So please, mainstream secondary school history teachers, would you consider studying disability links in more detail in your lessons? You’ll definitely make disabled children feel more included, and you might just teach the rest of the class something too.

 

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  1. September 12, 2012 5:16 pm

    I just did Richard’s opening monologue from the eponymous Shakespeare play as part of my summer course at RADA – there are so many references to his disability in that, surprised it’s taken the Telegraph (and researchers) so long to pick it up. Hope you’re well.

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