Were you told how to find the timesonline website at school? Or did you find that fact out for yourself without the input of your Modern Studies teacher? Why do we need to be taught facts when we have Google? The useful everyday facts can be learned quickly, and the obscure, once in a blue moon facts can be Googled. That way, instead of spending valuable class time telling pupils to memorise the events leading to the potato famine, we can use the time to improve the pupils' critical writing, a transferable skill which cannot be memorised or googled. We may use the events of the potato famine as a context for their critical writing, but the facts themselves are momentary and pretty much useless. Writing skills will be with them for life.