Saturday 23 September 2017

Finally, our children will learn something they can apply in the real world - power

Students will learn about power and the decision-making process and the ideas underpinning various ideologies
Students will learn about power and the decision-making process and the ideas underpinning various ideologies
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

It was Plato who said one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics was that people end up being governed by their inferiors. Which is another way of telling us to pay attention if we want our government to do its job properly - disengagement is not the answer.

So the advisory body on the national curriculum is to be congratulated for identifying a particularly useful subject - politics and society - as worth introducing to the Leaving Cert syllabus next year. Its applicability to the world around us is immediately apparent.

Students will learn about power and the decision-making process and the ideas underpinning various ideologies. The course will also include a citizenship project to look at ways of becoming involved in civic and political life. The hope must be that engagement with these themes might lead to a generation of more conscientious citizens, willing to accept civic responsibility.

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