Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Ignorance of Irish history is the real enemy

I THINK that most of the people of this province view the present tit-for-tat run of parades with despair. I certainly do.

The root of the devotion of 'loyalists' to their prejudices (and of others to theirs) is ignorance of the history of this island.

The remedy to this could be effectively applied by introducing Irish history from the 12th century to the present day as a compulsory part of the school curricula in Northern Ireland, for all pupils between, say, P5 and 5th form.

Irish history should have the same standing as core subjects such as English and Maths.

Introduction of this would be an opportunity for our politicians to lead for once, instead of pandering to their tribal values.

Would any of them have the courage to agree that unbiased education as to how we have arrived at the present status quo is the only way to peaceful objectivity?

ROBIN McMULLEN

Belfast

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