The quote in the headline does not, of course, come from the curriculum. It comes from one of the history teachers who opposes it:
He said the ‘flash of tartan and cries of “Freedom” will attract students to some of the Scottish units in National 5’.
But he added: ‘The British history units pale into dry, boring insignificance against this populist history. Indeed, many units portray Britain as the consistent arch-imperialist villain of the piece.’
Without seeing the curriculum it's impossible to say whether this is fair. However, it's not hard to accept that Britain has been an 'arch-imperialist' power ever since the act of union. I'm not unfriendly to the idea that imperialism did more harm than good. My main concern is that politicians should keep their own prejudices out of the history curriculum, whether they be SNP or Pob or whoever.
Mr McLennan said the make-up of the Great War courses will focus mainly on the role of Scots.
What's wrong with that? British courses focus mainly on the role of Britons, French history emphasises the French — in the international context of the war, of course. Should British students learn more about Verdun and less about the Somme? Or read Duhamel instead of Wilfred Owen?