History and schools


Sir, – Diarmaid Ferriter’s article highlighting the folly of the continuing downgrading of history in our schools, especially at a time of significant commemorations for all Irish people, is timely (Opinion & Analysis, November 27th).

Politicians would do well to remember the words of the great Roman politician and philosopher Cicero: “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man’s lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times”. – Yours, etc,


Clontarf, Dublin 3.