I’ve never understood why being proud of your country and what it has achieved should equate to being politically incorrect at best or as a bigot at worst. We have a rich and stormy history behind us and while some of it was violent, misguided and oppressive, lots more of what England has done has contributed greatly to the world we now live in.
But kids know very little of this. Historical events are either air-brushed from the curriculum or they are presented in a judgmental manner, applying the mores and value of today to another time, another place, another people.
One man who also takes this view is George Courtauld, a descendant of the Courtauld textile family. He was appalled at how little children new about their history and began jotting notes and quotes and things he thought his children should have knowledge of.
The result is the Pocket Book of Patriotism which he has published himself. “Essential words and deeds, dates and phrases, songs, speeches and commandments from Stonehenge to the present day in one simple book.”
I’ve haven’t read it, so this no recommendation, but it sounds like it’s worth a punt at £6.99. If I have one reservation, it’s his choice of dot com address — if he is so patriotic shouldn’t it be dot co.uk?