Reading, ’Riting and Remembrance

Museums have a vital role to play in helping to educate society, writes the Museum of American Armor's Gary Lewi

Many military museums in the United States are now finding themselves on the front lines in the battle to keep history alive in the classroom. Most notably, military history.

It comes at a time when the most seminal conflict in a century, World War Two, has often been reduced to just a class period or two during an entire academic year.

Commentators have said that among the reasons is that the teaching of American history, et al, has become a minefield fraught with political agendas, revisionist interpretations and growing mandates for other disciplines to have a much larger presence during a school year, such as science and maths.

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