Schama slams history teacher for almost destroying love of the subject

Simon Schama slams his former history teacher for almost destroying his love of the subject and brands him a ‘monstrous bully’ after his old school tried to take some of the credit for his knighthood

  • The 74-year-old made the comments on social media after a post from June 2018
  • The tweet from the Old Haberdashers Association congratulated him for honour
  • Schama responded by saying that his former teacher TE Carrington was a ‘bully’

Historian Sir Simon Schama has slammed his former history teacher for almost destroying his love of the subject after his old school tried to take some credit for his knighthood.

The 74-year-old made the comments on social media today, after a post from the Old Haberdashers Association in June 2018, congratulating him for his honour.

The tweet said: ‘Congratulations to @simon_schama for his well deserved Knighthood. History career partially down to the board rubber throwing skills of TE Carrington at Habs!’

In a follow up tweet the group said the teacher was ‘legendary’ for throwing things at students and also for his ‘never ending note dictations’.

Historian and broadcaster Sir Simon Schama after he was awarded a Knighthood in an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Historian Simon Schama responded to a tweet congratulating him for a knighthood

In a follow up tweet Sir Simon did say that a number of his history teachers at the school were excellent

The veteran broadcaster, who attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, in Elstree, was less than impressed with his former history teacher.

In a tweet response, he said: ‘he was in fact I’m sorry to say, a monstrous bully and history was a dead thing in his hands.’

However Sir Simon did add that a number of teachers at the school were brilliant.

In a follow up tweet he said: ‘He put me off history entirely.

‘Luckily every other history teacher at Habs repaired the damage and was wonderful esp Robert Baines, the great Roy Avery, Robert Irvine Smith, and Ian Lister.’

Sir Simon collected a knighthood from the Duke of Cambridge for services to history at Buckingham Palace in February last year.

The historian and author, is perhaps best known for his BBC series A History of Britain.

 

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