Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (157)

Eoghan Murphy


157. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that Give Peace a Chance: An Educational Resource on Conflict and Peace Building for Post Primary Educators is sufficiently objective for use by teachers in teaching Citizenship Education, Religious Education, Geography, English and History. [49338/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I am not in a position to comment on the use of this resource by teachers in post-primary schools. It is a matter for individual schools to select the resources and textbooks available that best support their implementation of the syllabuses, including CSPE, prescribed by my Department. This flexibility gives schools the opportunity to select the resources that are most appropriate to the needs of their students. However, it is expected that schools will enable their students to think critically about the content of the materials that are used during the teaching and learning process. This is particularly true of subjects such as Civic, Social and Political Education, History and English where students are provided with the opportunity to analyse and interpret input, and to discuss the difference between fact and opinion and between bias and objectivity in texts and other materials.