24 Statements of Learning

Consider these:

The Student:

  1. communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts in L1 (Irish or English)
  2. listens, speaks, reads and writes in L2 (Irish or English) and one other language at a level of proficiency that is appropriate to her or his ability
  3. creates, appreciates and critically interprets a wide range of texts
  4. creates and presents artistic works and appreciates the process and skills involved
  5. has an awareness of personal values and an understanding of the process of moral decision making
  6. appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which she/he lives
  7. values what it means to be an active citizen, with rights and responsibilities in local and wider contexts
  8. values local, national and international heritage, understands the importance of the relationship between past and current events and the forces that drive change
  9. understands the origins and impacts of social, economic, and environmental aspects of the world around her/him
  10. has the awareness, knowledge, skills, values and motivation to live sustainably
  11. takes action to safeguard and promote her/his wellbeing and that of others
  12. is a confident and competent participant in physical activity and is motivated to be physically active
  13. understands the importance of food and diet in making healthy lifestyle choices
  14. makes informed financial decisions and develops good consumer skills
  15. recognises the potential uses of mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of learning
  16. describes, illustrates, interprets, predicts and explains patterns and relationships
  17. devises and evaluates strategies for investigating and solving problems using mathematical knowledge, reasoning and skills
  18. observes and evaluates empirical events and processes and draws valid deductions and conclusions
  19. values the role and contribution of science and technology to society, and their personal, social and global importance
  20. uses appropriate technologies in meeting a design challenge
  21. applies practical skills as she/he develop models and products using a variety of materials and technologies
  22. takes initiative, is innovative and develops entrepreneurial skill
  23. brings an idea from conception to realisation
  24. uses technology and digital media tools to learn, communicate, work and think collaboratively and creatively in a responsible and ethical manner

Who do you think these statements might be aimed at? The symbology guy from The Da Vinci Code perhaps?

I suspect you might be surprised to hear that this is what will be expected of 12 to 16-year olds in Ireland in the coming years!

Apart from the ludicrously unrealistic expectations, the complete absence of any vision, even in broad outline, as to what a 16-year old should actually know after 11 years of formal education is somewhat odd. But that’s the time we live in.

More of this kind of thing can be found in the Framework Document for the Junior Cycle. It’s awful in my view.


About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.
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4 Responses to 24 Statements of Learning

  1. john kelly says:

    Yes Greg

    daft I call it and you should shout that to the Minister and to the high heavens !

    I am hoarse shouting about other daft things, my latest being the international university rankings,


    • Greg Foley says:

      Sadly I think the train may have left the station and everyone will clap themselves on the back like they do about project maths. But when the first ‘graduates’ of the Junior Cycle come up against the Leaving Cert, all hell will break loose.

      I think you’re ranting about rankings is helping! It’s good that Presidents are now speaking with one voice.

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