Donald Trump made a major historical blunder in his Independence Day speech when he stated that American forces "took over the airports" during the US War of Independence in the late 18th century.
Do incidents such as these highlight a general lack of understanding of history?
In our Monday debate, we asked whether history should be a compulsory subject for the Junior Cert.
We were joined by historian Brian Hanley, Aoife O'Donoghue, Professor of International Law and Global Governance in Durham Law School, and Fianna Fáil education spokesman Thomas Byrne.
Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.