Monthly Archives: June 2016

In defence of the Leaving Cert

At this time of year it is usual for all sorts of interested parties to emerge from the woodwork and denounce the Leaving Cert. It is portrayed as cruel. It is said to be biased against those from disadvantaged areas. … Continue reading

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Grade inflation: doesn’t bother me

The recent and impressive study on grade inflation in the IoT sector comes at an appropriate time. Exam boards are coming to an end and the various drivers of student grades are fresh in our minds. There is absolutely no … Continue reading

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Should the second level system go modular?

This letter in the Irish Times by Seán de Brún of Mary Immaculate College has a certain air of plausibility about it. There is no doubt that a modular system where students are assessed in a variety of ways should, … Continue reading

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Evidence-based education

The recent furore around the funding of new drugs for cancer and CF caused me to have a look at the website of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics. They look like an impressive outfit and they conduct very rigorous and … Continue reading

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Ben Goldacre, Surrogate Outcomes and Education

I was at Ben Goldacre’s fascinating talk in the RCSI yesterday and much of what he had to say about bad drug trials resonated with me as an educator. His point that some branches of medicine were riddled with “endless … Continue reading

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