"In painting and music we are inferior to many other nations; but in literature, science, philosophy, and political eloquence, if history be taken as a whole, we can hold our own with any. But all this vast heritage of intellectual glory is kept from our schoolboys like a heresy; and they are left to live and die, in the dull and infantile type of patriotism which they learn from a box of tin soldiers." - GK Chesterton
In school, I hated history. It was boring memorization of dates and names; and never the story of the people involved. It was left as small-talk "hi", instead of interesting "story".
2/3 of my kids start off to school today. They may be too young to delve too deeply into history but when it does occur I hope their teachers are storytellers and not small talkers.