Breda O’Brien: History is a pillar of society’s wellbeing

Educationalists marginalise history as a subject out of short-term utilitarianism

A letter writer to this paper recently described a very young student in secondary school innocently inquiring whether the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement had anything to do with pub opening hours.

Such howlers are nothing new in classrooms but one of the unintended consequences of junior cycle reform may be to make them more and more common due to the downgrading of history.

There has been justified disquiet about the impact of junior cycle reform on the study of history. Minister...
source: Irish Times

2019-04-13 03:58
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