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Diarmaid Ferriter: Mr Quinn, please don't be the one to bring about the end of history

Diarmaid Ferriter

Published 23/03/2013 | 05:00

History teachers from secondary schools are meeting in Dublin today to highlight their concern at the status of the subject they teach.

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The contents of a policy document, A Framework for Junior Cycle, being championed by the Department of Education claims, according to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, to set out "a vision, values and principles" for the junior cycle, describing "what students should know, understand and value".

There is a preoccupation in this document with the idea of "key skills" and much focus on literacy and numeracy, which few would doubt are essential components of education and learning at this level.

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