A history of the right

The battle for control of national curriculum history 1989-1994

Keith Crawford*

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This paper explores the manner in which educational and political conservatives attempted to control the content and purposes of the history curriculum in English schools during the period 1987-1994. It focuses upon this particular coalition because, since the late 1970s, it has set the agenda for the debate and dominated the race to produce a history curriculum designed to help produce a particular kind of society. The paper argues that the New Right's claim to be engaging in an educational debate is spurious. Rather, its concern is primarily ideological and only educational in terms of its use of history education as a vehicle through which to disseminate a specific set of values and beliefs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-456
Number of pages24
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • history teaching
  • National Curriculum
  • new history curriculum
  • New Right

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