Last year Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn announced that History and Geography would no longer be core subjects of the new Junior Certificate programme. If these proposals come to pass the change in the status of History at Junior Cert level will have a knock-on effect at the Senior Cycle resulting in many schools dropping history as an option for the Leaving Certificate.
I have added this page to look at why it is important to study history.
Remember – ‘those who don’t learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them’
Article from the American History Association
Information from the History Teachers Association’s Campaign to maintain the status of History in Irish schools.
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection discussed changes to Junior Certificate Curriculum in relation to History last week. This is a short video of the contribution by Catriona Crowe, from the National Archives, outlining why she believes that history should be retained as a core subject in the Junior Certificate.