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Bard slams 'ignorance' of Cornish history

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

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Many people are ignorant of Cornwall's culture and language because schools fail to educate children about their history, according to the Grand Bard of the Gorsedd.

In her first major speech in the post, Maureen Fuller cited several instances of people in positions of "power and influence" being unaware of even the most basic facts about Cornish history.

Calling on teachers and educators to do more to celebrate and promote Cornish distinctiveness, she said: "There is only one word for this. It's ignorance, pure unadulterated ignorance."

Speaking at the Gorsedd's annual conference in Lostwithiel, the Grand Bard called on delegates to increase their efforts in spreading the Cornish cultural message, adding that schools could play a much greater role.

"Cornish history should be taught in schools," she said. "Children are thoroughly taught English history but Cornish history is absent from the curriculum of most schools. All children need to know about their heritage and our Cornish children should be taught about the past so they understand why things today are as they are."

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  • williaia2  |  November 02 2012, 12:06AM

    Good on you Maureen!

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  • H_Trevorrow  |  October 23 2012, 6:47PM

    Since when is it the business of a tiny interest group to advise on the carriculum of children. What will be next ? Perhaps educational intervention from the grand poobar of new age spiritualism? Lets give it a whirl. When we want to design school carriculums lets hand it to a bunch of middle aged anorak hobbyists dressed in silly blue gowns, half of whom are'nt even Cornish, who pretend that they transcend the eons of time when they were in fact incorporated no more than a few decades ago.

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  October 23 2012, 5:54PM

    WELL SAID MAAM. Education should inform and enlighten those receiving IT in in the hopes that by being informed theY avoid the twin traps of ignorance and bigotry which seem to be a feature of recent times. I was inspired by a newspaper clip earlier today which described exactly the type of culture I would wish for in my Cornwall. WORDS FOR TEENAGERS. Northland College principal John Tarpene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth. "Always we hear the cry from teenagers,what can we do, where can we go? My answer is this: Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons and after you have finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something, you owe your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness or lonely again. In other words grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person, you are important and you are needed, it's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday, someday is now and that somebody is you!" PRETTY STRAIGHT TALKING IN THESE BARREN POLITICALLY CORRECT TIMES BUT SO TRUE!

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  • pilgrimboz  |  October 23 2012, 12:35PM

    Sorry but there are too many ignorant racist bigots with chips on their shoulder surrounding this subject for it to ever be positive. What first appears as 'being culturally aware' ends up with xenophobia and misguided rallying against 'oppressors' rearing its ugly head. It serves little or no purpose. I do agree however that a lot of the indigenous population are ignorant about local history, not least the ridiculous (St Pirran) flag waving.St Pirran is the Irish patron saint of tin miners weather they be in South Africa,South America or South crofty. St Michael or St Petroc are the saints of Cornwall.

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  • youngcornwall  |  October 23 2012, 9:23AM

    "All children need to know about their heritage and our Cornish children should be taught about the past so they understand why things today are as they are." Yes I go with this, the same as we were taught all those years ago, by those not donning the cloak of separatism.

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