Good Morning Britain hosts Ben Shepherd, 44, and Kate Garraway, 52, had been teasing the debate throughout the show after a strong reaction to this week’s edition of The Apprentice where the candidates didn’t know the years World War II took place. As the conversation unfolded about the subject being taught in schools, Bentley claimed there were greater things in the world to worry about than reflecting on history and the teachings were affecting youngster’s mental health.
The former The Circle star got the debate underway as he put across his point to the hosts and former Head of Ofsted, Michael Wilshaw.
Bentley began: “It was a hard situation World War II, however, I will stand by the point it’s educational in a way [but] there are so many problems going on in the world.”
Arguing issues such as Brexit and Climate Change were more worthy subjects to focus on, the reality star said schools should “let go of it a little bit,” to which Wilshaw disagreed.
After putting across the fact 50 million people died as a result of the World War, Bentley suggested learning about death was bad for children’s mental health.
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'Bad for mental health' Millenial sparks FURY claiming kids shouldn't be taught about WW2 (Image: ITV)
Wilshaw told Bentley: “People should know about the Second World War, the First World War, the conflicts which have taken place and a fight for freedom you and I enjoy.”
The reality star replied: “I totally get that but I don’t think in needs to be put in such a young way to young children mentally - there mental health to be told this amount of people died for you."
Former Head of Ofsted Wilshaw hit back: “You mustn’t exaggerate,” to which the other guest responded: “I don’t think I am exaggerating.
“I remember learning it as a child and thinking, ‘My god, it’s so intense.'”