Always on the losing side — 2 Comments

  1. One of the big issues with the teaching of history is it is used as a tool for state formation rather than citizen formation. And so tends to the stories that are contained within the polity rather than the complex relationships.
    Here in Ireland Cromwell is viewed as a destructive invader but little about the goings on in in England, or Europe until 3rd level asks the history undergrad to blow the bejapers out of formed brain connections. But for the 2nd level what went on in the west of England is covered in a paragraph.
    And the same is true for the UK generally too.

  2. One of the delights for me in the new Junior Cert history course is that it is designed to prompt students to develop histprical consciousness. I enjoyed the debunking of grand narratives and the examination of alternative perspectives.

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