The only problem with one “really good question” on the Leaving Cert higher level History paper would have been when to stop writing, said teacher Susan Cashell.
Ms Cashell, of Dublin’s Institute of Education, described it as a “nice, fair, well-balanced paper” with which well-prepared students shouldn’t have had any difficulties.
She said the comprehension questions in the Documents-Based section were “clear and to the point”. The texts here were a memo from T.K. Whitaker, Secretary of the Department of Finance to James Ryan, the new Minister for Finance, on his first day in office in March 1957 and an edited extract from a report on the Irish Economy by a Bank of England official who visited Ireland in August, 1957
In Section 2, Irish History, Ms Cashell described Topic 3 Q2, on the Eucharistic Congress 1932 and its significance for Church and State, as “lovely and very well-balanced”.
It was Topic 3, Q4, on Anglo-Irish relations, 1923-1949 she thought so lovely that “the only problem here would be to stop writing!”
In Topic 5, on Politics & society in Northern Ireland, 1949-1993, Ms Cashell said Q1, on Terence O’Neill, gave great scope to students.
Ms Cashell was just as pleased with Section 3, Europe and the Wider World, with “an excellent question” on the characteristics of fascism, and “particularly nice questions” on Stalin and also the social and economic problems facing Britain during the inter-war years.
In Topic 6 (The United States and the world, 1945-1989), she said it was nice to see the 1969 Apollo moon landing feature on this, its 50th anniversary.