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Very bad history… November 13, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Making History “provides everything you need” for secondary students taking junior cycle history, says Gill. It includes a chapter on the Troubles, which covers the escalation of violence after October 5th, 1968 up to the Belfast Agreement.In a “chronological awareness” timeline, it states Bobby Sands died in 1982, the year after his death; the McGurk’s bar bombing in Belfast took place in 1969, two years before it happened; and that the Downing Street Declaration was signed in 1981 – 12 years before it was actually agreed in 1993.

Looking at the timeline it looks to me as if a draft was used and then not noticed. That’s inexplicable, isn’t it?

But a deeper point is made that:

Margaret Urwin, of Justice for the Forgotten, said it is “absolutely incredible” the book makes no mention of the no-warning, rush-hour bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, which killed 33 people, including a mother who was nine-months pregnant, and injured almost 300.
“They don’t include it at all,” she said. “They have literally airbrushed it out of history.”

I find that lack of mention deeply offensive.

Maureen O’Sullivan TD notes that:

…the book reads like the Troubles “didn’t really affect the 26 counties” and she described the Dublin and Monaghan bombings as “a glaring omission”.
“This was the single biggest atrocity in the history of the Republic,” she said. “This is part of our history and it is not in the history books.”

But in a way it gets worse again. According to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment there is no body or agency ‘charged with vetting textbooks’. If that is the case then it is more than likely that errors can filter into the system and be dispersed more widely. I find that as inexplicable as the mistakes found above. It’s a sort of lack of regulation that makes a mockery of all the high flown rhetoric we have heard in recent years about the centrality of our history and heritage.


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