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YANKS GET LESSONS ON GREAT FAMINE; Row over British blame.

Byline: DREW MacKENZIE

SCHOOLS in New York are to teach children about the Great Famine for the first time.

But a row has broken out over whether they should be told the British were to blame.

The 1,110-page Great Irish Famine Curriculum is being sent out to 7,000 New York schools so it can be taught from September.

James Mullin, a New Jersey educationalist, said the course did not go far enough in explaining how millions starved to death.

He said: "I don't mind letting students come to a conclusion, but you have to give them the facts."

New York state official Mary Daley, who supervised the preparation of the material, hit back at claims that the British should be blamed for the Famine.

She said: "In a teaching curriculum I really don't think it is appropriate to reach that kind of conclusion."

Representative Pete King said students should be allowed to make up their own minds.

He said: "I don't think the British set out deliberately to do this.

"But if it was not genocide, it was criminally negligent homicide.

"It was indifference and uncaring."
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Date:Apr 24, 2001
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