Well it is interessting becase I will ask you the same question : how can you educate, teach important events and ideas to people who don't even have a clue on what happened in the XIXth century in France. You have to understand that even french people don't know that there was more than one revolution in our country and who is Louise Michel or the baron Haussmann. I have met hundred and hundred of players in boardgame fairs etc. and honnestly, it is already a big thing to teach one information like the urban and social transformation of Paris under the Second Empire.
I totally agree with you however when it comes to the weel educated people who like history, litterature etc. but it is a small pourcentage in my saddest observation.
So I see my approach like a first step to the big issues of the XIXth century and then some people will feel the need to know a bit more and will realise that history is a complex and subtile field.
This is the crux of the problem of education, especially mass education. Most people understand almost nothing
about anything. They lack even the sketchiest knowledge of history or politics or culture. So how to educate them then? In my opinion, the worst
thing you can do is to present them with a simplistic, crude version of history or culture - this will simply encourage them to think that they finally do
understand these things, when in fact they don't. An ignorant man who knows
he is ignorant is better than an ignorant man who thinks
he is knowledgeable. Dumbing education down is the way the Americans have gone, and the results are all too painfully obvious. No, don't talk down to them, don't over-simplify things, show them the internal contradictions and complexities of reality, and let them come to their own conclusions. Don't tell them what to think; instead, encourage them to think for themselves
. The word 'education' means, after all, to draw out
, to draw something out
of the student rather than put something in
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Marx (Groucho)