Dominic Sandbrook reminds us of history’s charms and encourages us to appeal to the imaginations of children by celebrating the past rather than searching it for oppression and victimhood. His conclusion:
Exploring that vast, impossibly rich country ought to be one of the most exciting intellectual adventures in any boy or girl’s lifetime — not an exercise in self-righteous mortification. Put simply, it should be fun. This is why children fall in love with history. Not because it’s relevant, or improving, or even instructive. And certainly not because it fosters grievance and victimhood. Not because it’s ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘necessary’. But because it’s fun. That’s the best reason to do anything, isn’t it?
The whole article is worth your time.