Yesterday, i posted a question to Facebook mainly as an experiment to test out Facebook’s new ‘questions’ feature. Within an hour of posting, we’d gotten 80 answers from 80 different people. I thought to myself ‘wow’. Little did i know what would happen next…
The question started going viral. As i write this (just 15 hours after asking the question) over 3,000 people on Facebook have had their say. We’ve been blown away by the response. Along with yes / no answers people have also debated in the comments section of the question and raise some really interesting points. We’ve taken snippets from some of the comments on facebook.
I think it should be compulsory for the leaving cert otherwise the language would become a thing of the past. If students don’t think they’ll be tested on it they won’t put the effort into learning it and if you spend that many years learning it then you should be fit to be tested on it. Just my thoughts…
Should be up to the student, have 2 kids in Gaelscoil and think it’s a shame that we don’t speak our own language.
im gonna be bold here and say its the people who teach it and the way its delivered that cause to be such a contemptous subject.i would have loved to speak irish well,but the thoughts of sitting infront of a droning irish teacher filled me with dread!in short ,if teachers showed a love for there subject if would be more rewarding for learn and hence the take up might be better!
No it shouldn’t, why should we be required to learn a second language to qualify for college spaces?? If thats the case then English should be considered a separate language, in total Irish students require three languages for their exams – how many other countries do? It should be taught but an option given.
Definitely shouldn’t be compulsary as majority of people will never use it again, no point in saying that it will loose the language as it is long dead, those who want to do it will still have the choice but no point of the rest of us wasting our time on something we will never use again.
The debate rages on and on and since i started writing this blog post (about 30 minutes ago) we’ve had another 200 votes on Facebook. It seems everyone in the country wants their say and this is quickly turning in to one massive survey which will finally allow us to get the people’s verdict on what is a highly controversial topic right now amongst students, parents and politicians – “Should Irish be compulsory for the leaving cert?” Have your say on our Facebook page if you haven’t already!