Monday 22 January 2018

Dail committee gets taught lesson

JC History

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

AS candidates sat down to their exam, members of the History Teachers' Association of Ireland were appearing before the Oireachtas Education Committee arguing for the retention of it as a core subject in the reformed junior cycle.

The association's Niamh Crowley told the committee that pupils enjoyed the subject after studying it, while historian Diarmuid Ferriter said there was a danger history could become the preserve of the elite.

Meanwhile, pupils around the country at both levels were treated to fair papers, according to teacher Dermot Lucey of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI).

While the higher level paper was searching there was a good choice of questions, said Mr Lucey.

He thought there was an interesting choice of pictures in question 1 but believed the associated questions should all be based on information in the pictures.

That was not the case for two questions linked to Sean Keating's 'Men of the South' painting about the War of Independence.

Mr Lucey said the Document questions were fair and covered interesting topics, including former Taoiseach Jack Lynch's August 1969 address on Northern Ireland, while there was a great variety of short questions.

The ordinary level paper was also fair, covering the whole course, and also featuring interesting pictures and documents.

Mr Lucey said it was "nice to see some of the more difficult words and ideas explained".

Irish Independent

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