10-year-old Offaly girl writes amazing letter to Education Minister asking to be exempt from Irish

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10-year-old's letter to Richard Bruton

10-year-old's letter to Richard Bruton

Photographer Paula Nolan from Tullamore has shared an incredible letter, written by her 10-year-old daughter, Amelie, who has Aspergers, asking Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton to allow her be exempt from Irish. The articulate primary school student makes her case well as she tells Minister Bruton that if he does not do something then she will fail all her Irish related exams when she's older. "This problem has been going on for several years now, so I hope you will take it seriously and possibly accept my request," Amelie writes. 

Her letter opens:

"Dear Minister Bruton, we have a problem. You are not adjusting your curriculum to suit the needs of everyone. You don't need to change it, you just need to make it more flexible. Take me as an example. As a 10-year-old girl who is representing the 3rd and 4th class of her school (along with three other people) in a table quiz, you'd expect me to be good at Irish."

The plucky youngster goes further and explains, "however, I am not – I'm rubbish at Irish and do not understand it whatsoever." Making her case very clearly, Amelie explains the reason for her unusual request. "I believe that the reason why I can't learn Irish is because my brain has completely bypassed that stage of a child's life where they are extremely adept at learning languages. Therefore, attempts to teach me are futile"

"That is why I think teacher's should completely give up on trying to teach me Irish and give me extra homework or whatever," she adds.

Having signed off her letter, she writes a PS, stating that "this problem has been going on for several years now, so I hope you will take it seriously and possibly accept my request." She goes further by adding a PPS, where she asks, "please give me a written response."

Here is Amelie's full letter:

Dear Minister Bruton,

We have a problem. You are not adjusting your curriculum to suit the needs of everyone. You don't need to change it, you just need to make it more flexible. Take me as an example. As a 10-year-old girl who is representing the 3rd and 4th class of her school (along with three other people) in a table quiz, you'd expect me to be good at Irish.

However, I am not – I'm rubbish at Irish and do not understand it whatsoever

That is why I think teacher's should completely give up on trying to teach me Irish and give me extra homework or whatever. I believe that the reason why I can't learn Irish is because my brain has completely bypassed that stage of a child's life where they are extremely adept at learning languages.

Therefore, attempts are futile. If you do not do something then I will fail all my Irish related exams when I am older. So please allow me to opt out of Irish.

Signed: From Amelie B. O'Connor

PS: This problem has been going on for several years now, so I hope you will take it seriously and possibly accept my request.

PPS: Please give me a written response.

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