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Old 27-10-2017, 03:10 PM
Bill O'Reilly Bill O'Reilly is offline
 
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Thumbs up Compulsory Irish in Schools = A Mistake

Making the Irish language compulsory in schools was a mistake says President Michael D Higgins. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/educa...gins-1.3271422
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Old 27-10-2017, 08:20 PM
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And yet the Irish Language is being used by SF/IRA as a stick to beat those nasty Prods in the O6C.
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Old 27-10-2017, 09:23 PM
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Making the Irish language compulsory in schools was a mistake says President Michael D Higgins. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/educa...gins-1.3271422
Did you read all of it or just the parts you wanted to cherry pick?
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Old 27-10-2017, 09:39 PM
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Why do you dislike your native tongue so much Bill? Can you not speak it?
Probably a dunce in school eh?
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Old 28-10-2017, 10:40 AM
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Went to a small recital a few days ago. Kids doing poems and songs in irish.

Of the class over half were from non-irish parents but very well integrated.

They did a lovely half hour of songs and poems but to me it just seemed a total waste to learn them in irish.
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Old 28-10-2017, 02:09 PM
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Making the Irish language compulsory in schools was a mistake says President Michael D Higgins. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/educa...gins-1.3271422
no he didn't lol he critiscised teaching methods
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Old 28-10-2017, 02:55 PM
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One should think of the Irish language as one considers a partner of many years. When lost we lose something we should have appreciated more.

And when lost it's lost forever.
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Old 28-10-2017, 06:52 PM
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no he didn't lol he critiscised teaching methods
Bill makes up his own tag lines and regularly embellishes the facts. It is a trait shared by all of the X tree house gang, spoofers.
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Old 28-10-2017, 09:02 PM
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no he didn't lol he critiscised teaching methods
He was correct when he started this thread. The Irish Times clarified/corrected what the President said subsequently.

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* This article has was amended on October 27th 2017. The original reported that President Higgins had said that making the Irish language compulsory had been a mistake.
That said, I wish he had said compulsory Irish was a mistake, which it is. We're coming to the end of a century of compulsory Irish in schools, and it's still treated as a waste of time. Wouldn't it be better to have a core of people who want to learn the language, rather than continue to force people into something they clearly find is irrelevant to their daily lives.
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Old 29-10-2017, 11:20 PM
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He was correct when he started this thread. The Irish Times clarified/corrected what the President said subsequently.



That said, I wish he had said compulsory Irish was a mistake, which it is. We're coming to the end of a century of compulsory Irish in schools, and it's still treated as a waste of time. Wouldn't it be better to have a core of people who want to learn the language, rather than continue to force people into something they clearly find is irrelevant to their daily lives.
Back then all subjects were taught in an authoritarian way.

I think a few years of compulsory Irish would be no harm but it should be something like 3rd class to 1st year and then let them decide.

Adide from the teaching methods, there is an institutionalised problem that nobody in the department of Education can say "Irish should be taught like any other second language" because there's a chorus that steps out from behind the filing cabinets and shouts "But it's your native language! It's official! It's in Bunreaċt na hÉireann! It's another first language!
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