Bring Back Compulsory History to the Junior Cycle

Bring Back Compulsory History to the Junior Cycle

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An Cumann Staire (History Society), NUI Galway started this petition to Minister for Education and Skills

“We, the undersigned, condemn the recent decision taken by the Irish Government to remove History as a core subject from the Junior Cycle. We call on the Minister for Education to rescind this decision and reinstate History as a compulsory subject for the Junior Cycle.” 

In 2018, History was removed as a mandatory subject from the Junior Cycle and downgraded to optional status by the Department of Education.

The study of the past is imperative to any real understanding both of our own nation’s history and that of the wider world in which we live. Where the lessons of our past are forgotten so also are the keys for making wise choices today.

The removal of History as a core subject is a retrograde and regressive step. It confronts us with the prospect of an Ireland in which the vast majority of young people leave school ignorant of our country’s heritage and identity and lacking the historical awareness necessary for responsible citizenship.

We are An Cumann Staire (History Society) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. We are calling on the Minister for Education to recognise the importance of History and reinstate the subject as a compulsory component of the Junior Cycle.

A famous writer was right when he said: “Those who do not remember the past are bound to repeat it.” If you believe History should be an integral part of every child’s education, we ask you to sign this petition.

- An Cumann Staire (History Society), NUI Galway

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