Monthly Archives: September 2014

Education, the Public Good and Ryanair

Every now and then there is some activity in the education sphere that centres on the notion that education is a ‘public good’. I have to say that I find the notion of a ‘public good’ somewhat confusing – I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Academic Pay

This is another post inspired by one of those impossible Twitter discussions. I suppose the first thing to note is that asking what the average academic is paid is actually a very difficult question bordering on the meaningless. Even if … Continue reading

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Teaching Entrepreneurship – Revisited (Guest Post)

This is another guest post from Joe McDonagh, lecturer in the business school in ITT. “We need to start teaching our students about how to be entrepreneurs and that is not the same as trying to teach them to be … Continue reading

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The OECD Report and Teacher Bashing

The most recent OECD report on educational indicators received some coverage in the media but one would think from that coverage that the only issue of concern to the OECD was teachers’ pay. The report showed that Irish Teachers are … Continue reading

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Ideologues and Principled Pragmatists

Every now and then I fall into the trap of getting into an argument with an ideologue – I did so the other night on Twitter. While it’s not the quite a case of “you can’t reason someone out of … Continue reading

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We need to teach entrepeneurship

You can’t teach entrepreneurship! is the common response to this suggestion. It’s as if you were suggesting that everyone be taught to run as fast as Usain Bolt or play football like Lionel Messi. Entrepreneurs are born not made it’s claimed. … Continue reading

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Academia and the Public v Private Debate

Tonight I had a civilised exchange of views on Twitter with economist and broadcaster, Marc Coleman. He had been raising the issue of academic salaries, suggesting essentially that we are overpaid. Although I don’t agree with him, I have to … Continue reading

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