Monthly Archives: December 2011

Changes to HSE

Depressing to see that the best the Minister (for Health) can come up with is to reorganise the HSE.  This is typical of how we go about trying to solve problems in this country. We create new structures. No real … Continue reading

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Leaving Cert

Good to hear that the minister is moving on the predictability of the Leaving Cert Exam. I’ve been ranting about this for years – mainly in the kitchen to my wife. Students’ approach to learning is very much dictated by … Continue reading

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Rankings

The obsession with Rankings, both at School and University level is inevitable. Here’s what has happened: Increasing prosperity has meant that a University education has gone from elite education to mass education. (We probably won’t ever have universal third level … Continue reading

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Continuous Assessment

Continuous assessment is being suggested as an alternative/addition to the current exam-only Leaving Cert. Putting aside the obvious problems with plagiarism, collaboration, etc. here are a few thoughts… (i) Continuous assessment covers a multitude of possibilities, ranging from lots of … Continue reading

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