A millennial “influencer” and reality TV star is catching heat in Britain for suggesting that schools there tone down their teaching about World War II and focus more on things that are relevant in today’s day and age.
Instagram celebrity Freddie Bentley, 22, appeared on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” show and told the hosts that subject is “too intense” for young students and schools should be devoting more time to topics like Brexit and climate change.
Viewers were left outraged when contestants on The Apprentice didn’t know when World War II began.— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) November 1, 2019
Should millennials know more about British history? pic.twitter.com/dyn6qtLDKE
“Instead of focusing so much on our history and holding on to this past … we can let it go a little bit. I’m not saying get rid of it totally, but let it go a little bit and replace it with a subject that is going to be more relevant,” Bentley said. “I don’t think encouraging death or telling how many people died in a world war is going to help.”
Bentley also suggested that schools put more emphasis on practical subjects like personal finance.
His comments didn’t go over well in the United Kingdom, which lost 383,000 soldiers and nearly half a million civilians between 1939 and 1945. Viewers of the show, firing back on Twitter in response to the video posted, were left gobsmacked.
“They sit there playing war games on their PlayStations and X-boxes and then tell us they get traumatized by history lessons?” wrote one, “God help us with these fools as the adults of tomorrow.”
It might help them to learn what an actual Nazi is as opposed to thinking it's anyone that disagrees with them.— Blue Army Faction QC (@BlueArmyFaction) November 1, 2019
‘So many problems going on in the world, like Brexit…’— Kevin Thomas (@KevMonynys) November 1, 2019
Dear God, what is he talking about??
How can he remotely compare Brexit with a global conflict that resulted in the deaths of over 50 million people?
He seriously needs to grow up.
Bentley, a contestant on the reality TV show “The Circle,” appeared on the show after current cast members of “The Apprentice” sparked controversy by being unable to recall the year that World War II started.