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The Swedish National Agency for Education suggested the other week that Swedish teachers should skip the Greeks and the Romans. History has grown too large to fit into the curriculum. Something has to go, so why not clean the stairs from the bottom up and get rid of antiquity?
It was one of those proposals, so frequent these days, that seems like a ruse, as if someone’s checking whether we’re still awake. As it happened we were, and the idea was scrapped last Friday. But the Agency is still afoot, looking for some other era to erase for its scheduling purposes.
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