Nowadays it seems that education does not include the detail behind some of those commemorated in stone.
Fortunately mine did and I always remember stuff about the cruelty of slavery taught to us when I was 8 or 9 by Mrs Jenkins at The Grange.
As to heroes of the past I guess that we tended then to get the version most relevant to Britain as a great colonial power. I always remember the map of the world on the classroom walls dominated by red!
But today in schools and universities there is no excuse for not teaching the goods and bads of our national heroes. Of course the bads are usually bads by todays standards. Times have moved on.
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