Tuesday 21 November 2017

Our children must be reared with sense of past and place

Students at St. Patrick's College, Cavan Daniel
Talbot, Peter Sanya, Cahir O'Reilly, Johnny Galligan
and Caolan McCarthy look pleased as they look over
their Geography paper on Friday afternoon. Photo:
Lorraine Teevan
Students at St. Patrick's College, Cavan Daniel Talbot, Peter Sanya, Cahir O'Reilly, Johnny Galligan and Caolan McCarthy look pleased as they look over their Geography paper on Friday afternoon. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

I write to express my concern at the current plans to remove geography and history as core subjects from the Junior Cert in secondary schools.

While there are issues with the examination of the Junior Certificate and student experience of studying the curriculum, removing two such fundamentally important areas of learning is deeply worrying and a poor solution to the need for reform.

Geography is vital in helping Ireland's young people understand a complex and interconnected world.

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