chapter  1
The continuing value of a humanitarian curriculum
WithMartin Ashley
Pages 19

In this chapter we look at what the humanities are and why there might be a continuing need for something called a humanitarian curriculum. We consider why you, the reader, might want to know these things and we give an overview of the whole book which, hopefully, will encourage your commitment to reading it. Our intention is that you will see how you might come to value an understanding of how to teach the humanities effectively as one of your highest priorities in developing personal excellence in primary school teaching. We assume that you are already confident and proficient in teaching the core subjects of English, maths and science and that you have a commitment to a broad and balanced education which develops children’s potential.