Monday, August 18, 2008

"Scots are past masters on British history"

From the Scotsman:
"SCOTS know more about British history than other people in the rest of the UK, a survey has found.

A test to rate how well Britons know their history also confirmed that younger people know far less than those aged over 65.

Ten multiple-choice historical questions, ranging from "When was the Battle of Hastings?" to "Which two kingdoms were merged in the Act of Union of 1707?" were put to 1,000 people.

Scots scored an average of 69 per cent, compared to the national average of 63 per cent. The Welsh managed only 58 per cent."
Ahem. From a completely unbiased and objective perspective, it seems to me entirely reasonable to attribute the differences here to the superiority of history teachers in Scotland.

Moreover, while I'd be guessing, I reckon rather more Scots would be able to point out that if the answer's 1066, the goddam question ain't about 'British' history at all. You don't have to be a nationalist to find that kind of thing annoying.

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