Monday 18 December 2017

History can teach our kids to find truth among all the spin and hate

People gather to protest against the travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump, at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Laura Buckman/Reuters
People gather to protest against the travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump, at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Laura Buckman/Reuters
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

Last week in the Seanad there was fine talk about the teaching of history. And the consensus was history is a handy thing and very interesting too.

History is not a compulsory subject in the Junior Cert and only 13,000 students a year sit history for the Leaving Cert. The teaching of history is given nowhere the same resources as science-based subjects.

Whatever you may think of US President Donald Trump, it has to be said that he has started off several debates. His words are washed up on a daily basis on our little rock. There's more notice taken of Mr Trump than any politician here in Ireland.

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