The recent controversy about how schoolchildren are taught about World War I has been strong on assertion but light on factual evidence.
The excellent World War I in the Classroom group will soon be publishing the results of their large-scale survey about the teaching of the subject, and that should tell us much.
While we’re waiting, I can’t say much about what History teachers tell their students, but I thought I’d offer a snapshot of how the literature of the War is taught in many AS-level classes, by looking at a textbook ‘exclusively authorised’ by the AQA exam board. It is AQA English Literature A: Literature of World War One, by Stella Canwell, who has authored or co-authored several books in the Nelson Thornes series which advertises itself on the back cover in these terms:
Developed with and exclusively endorsed by AQA, this is the only series to provide teachers with complete reassurance that they have everything they need to deliver AQA’s new A level English Literature.