Oh, Good God Gary

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandThe Irish Times published an article in on Tuesday 26th March which gave space to Mary O’Rourke and Dr Gary Granville to present their view on whether history should be a compulsory subject. Dr Gary Granville is professor emeritus at the National College of Art and Design. He was formerly assistant chief executive in the NCCA …” (more)

[Peter Lydon, 31 March]

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Junior Cycle Reform

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will include other subjects such as geography in the context of the review being carried out on the decision to remove history as a core subject in the junior cycle; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Geography and the Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In a letter kindly published here on June 21st, 2011, I raised concerns about the removal of history and geography from the core curriculum of the revised Junior Cycle curriculum. What was shocking then, and even now, is how few people knew about the threat to these fundamental, foundational disciplines …” (more)

[Peter Lydon, Irish Times, 5 November]

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A place for geography

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The decision to remove history as a core Junior Cycle subject in our schools has garnered much attention recently from the President, universities and concerned citizens. Unfortunately the decision to remove geography has not received the same publicity. Geography is the only subject that teaches young people about the issues of sustainability, inequality and migration …” (more)

[Gwen Duffy, Irish Times, 27 November]


Senior Academic Urges Students to Take Action Against College, with Staffing and Modules Cut Across the Board

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The higher education funding problem’s effect on Trinity has manifested itself in very obvious ways in recent days – in something as basic as the number of modules that students have a choice of …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 22 April]

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Removing history and geography

Posted in Teaching on October 8th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – It appears the Minister for Education has decided to rubber-stamp the NCCA’s proposal to remove history and geography from the core curriculum of the Junior Cycle …” (more)

[Peter Lydon, Irish Times, 8 October]

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