Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:47 PM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:23 PM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:48 PM
This is what I said earlier today:
A Homage to Peter Moss
I was today contacted, out of the blue, by Peter Moss's grandson, who had bumped into this thread by accident!
Peter Moss is still alive and relatively well, I am sure everybody will be delighted to hear, and in his 90s!!!!
This is what I wrote in reply;
If and when you see Mr Moss, please tell him that the History Alive series was my salvation when I started teaching in the 1970s, and that it embodied an exemplar of unpatronising clarity which I have tried to emulate ever since!
At the time it was groundbreaking. Everyone raves about the impact of Unstead, but it was Peter Moss who changed History in the secondary classroom, and provided a bridge out of traditional narrative History which would eventually lead to the School History Project investigative-type History. It was its emphasis on 'telling-the-pupils-something-interesting', and its illustrations-you-used which were the critical factors.
As Mr Gove and the Tories set about moving History-teaching back-to-the-past, I found myself the other day looking closely at the series and its content before I embarked on a publishing project!
I suspect that only the oldest amongst us will remember having used History Alive but, if you do, I am sure a comment here will be appreciated.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:59 AM
"In the past, philosophers have sought only to understand the world. The point is also to change it." - K. Marx
"Classification is exceedingly tedious" - I. Berlin
Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:31 PM
Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:29 PM
Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:00 AM
Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:17 AM
Posted 17 July 2012 - 02:19 PM
I remember using this series when I started teaching in the 1970s. This thread has prompted me to go look at the 3 books from the series that I still have sitting on a bookshelf. One of the missing ones is the Tudor one (seem to recall a helter skelter or a big dipper for religion?) - which I do remember had a yellow cover. What an impression it made - especially as I moved to post 16 in the early 1980s and have remained there more or less ever since. I hope Peter Moss' grandson is keeping up to date with this thread!
Posted 17 July 2012 - 04:25 PM
Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:56 PM
Lovely to hear - thanks for the update John.
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