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GUEST,Annegi History and Folk Music (75* d) RE: History and Folk Music 13 Dec 01

As a teacher of history I have used songs in my teaching. I am only too aware that history can often be the teaching of facts and the people are forgotten, so for example I use 'No Man's Land' by Eric Bogle to make the pupils aware, by a different medium, of the personal, human suffering caused by war. I can state very baldly that there were 60,000 casualties on the first day of the Somme but it must be remembered that every one of these was a father, brother, uncle, son. Can I also say that even if the song is inaccurate, biased, exaggerated it is still a useful source as pupils have to be aware that not all sources, primary or secondary tell the truth? Apart from that it is good for them to hear music that they may not ever have come across and I enjoy introducing them to some 'folk' music old or new. History is about people no matter if it (ie the history) is political, economic or social. It all impacts on 'Joe Bloggs'.

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