Knowledge of history, of languages, and appreciation of art: these are clear benefits of learning about cultural heritage, but they are joined by another, less obvious takeaway – capacity for reflection. Pupils should learn to interact with the world not as “bewildered travellers on a frenetic journey, constantly on the move in search of multiple selfies,” but as citizens who engage with their environment. By reflecting on their own and others’ culture, pupils can learn to function in a society that has no easy answers for them: where information abounds, where sources may contradict one another, and where identity is hard to develop or define.

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