At 4/13/2010 3:18:50 PM, badger wrote:
they don't pick on one aspect of our culture. irish history is taught in every primary school and almost every primary school has someone come in teaching irish dancing. on top of that the government fund the GAA and there's a pitch in every town in the country.
Taught is a strong word there. My history in primary school was 2 pages of comics on a topic.
it sounds fairly fvcked up in fairness, but that's the way we want it. and we might aswell expose the nation to some of our literature while we're at it. enda kenny brought getting rid of it up before and it he got no support.
Actually, as far as I recall, Enda Kenny wasn't shot down, and actually did get support for it.
And also, "the way we want it." *coughpopulismcough*
i don't think it is. i'd say the reason there has been a drop in it being taken at higher level is because more opportunities have opened up for us and there is a huge workload in honours irish which takes from the amount of time we can put into the subjects we feel matter the most to us.
The reason it is a workload is because of the difficulty and the fact Irish is given the attitude of a foreign language.
i'm sitting my leaving cert this year and nobody complains about irish. everyone complains about foreign languages though. pass irish is easy because we've been taught it since primary school and you don't need to do any study to pass it in the leaving cert so why get rid of it? and it still exposes you to irish literature which as i said gives you pride in your country.
Eh, you do need study it for the leaving cert. You can just know Poems and prose off like that?
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