The Discreet Tussle for Education in the North of Ireland: allegiance, identity, religion, managerialism

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Dr Brian Feeney

This year's annual Vere Foster lecture was given by Dr. Brian Feeney historian, commentator, broadcaster and political analyst

‘Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.’

This quotation from George Orwell’s 1984 perfectly sums up what many politicians believe is the point of education. It’s a slogan of The Party in the book. Few political parties would openly admit that they agree with the slogan but the fact is that for most political parties education is a great deal more all-encompassing than the 3 R’s. It constitutes what the…

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