A 22-year-old Instagram influencer has said that he thinks millennials should learn less about World War II to protect their mental health.
They’re the gifts that keep on giving, aren’t they, these influencers? When they’re not asking for free stuff, they’re asking for gratuitous amounts of money to do next to nothing and apparently now disregarding a huge part of world history.
Freddie Bentley appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss how he believed there should be less of an impetus on World War II when studying at school.
Another nail in the coffin for millennials, this one. I’m just trying to live my live and then something like this comes out. Not fair. I’m braver than the troops.
This comes after Apprentice viewers nationwide were shocked to learn that a whole group of the reality TV stars didn’t know the dates that World War II took place in.
More or less sticking up for the blatant ignorance, Bentley said:
“It was a hard situation, World War II, I don’t want anyone to think I’m being disrespectful… I remember learning it as a child thinking ‘Oh my God it’s so intense’.“
Wow. Apparently World War II was a hard situation. The more you know…
Bentley explained how the harrowing history or the war could worsen any mental health issues that students already had, adding:
“I don’t think encouraging death or telling people how many people died in the world war is going to make it better.”
Instead Bentley thinks children should be taught more about current issues – like Brexit – and other concepts that will help them out when they leave school, such as getting a mortgage. That in itself isn’t a bad point to champion, but the idea that it has to be one or the other is quite off the mark.
“There’s so many problems going on in the world, like Brexit, that’s not taught in schools. When I left school it hit me like a ton of bricks – I didn’t know anything to do with life.”
Of course people weren’t happy…
Of course they need to know about our history ffs what is this? Maybe its because I’m personally fascinated by history, but I’d expect people to know the years of both world wars seeing as they were massive moments in world history let alone ours. Its just ignorance.
— Liam Daly (@liam_daly28) November 1, 2019
Both my grandfathers shot and wounded during ww2 carried the scars till the day they died , and he talks about the mental anguish it causes learning about it . .Someone really needs to give this generation a reality check
— jock tamson (@Alfieg2007) November 1, 2019
How ironic this ‘kid’ is wearing a Poppy – he dosnt even understand its relevance 😤 Every year at this time it’s important that those are educated about the war – absolutly ridiculous
— Laura Taylor (@Greengirl1857) November 1, 2019
He who does not learn from the past is doomed to repeat it …
— Missi Patti (@Patti_Missi) November 1, 2019
To be fair, I remember spending an entire weekend when I was twelve writing up some very intense project/homework thing on trench life in World War One, and I genuinely could not muster any happiness for some time after that. Just awful.
With that said, there’s not a part of me that wishes I didn’t know what happened in the trenches during World War One.
Also, what the fuck is The Circle?
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