- communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts in L1 (Irish or English)
- 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
- creates, appreciates and critically interprets a wide range of texts
- creates and presents artistic works and appreciates the process and skills involved
- has an awareness of personal values and an understanding of the process of moral decision making
- appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which she/he lives
- values what it means to be an active citizen, with rights and responsibilities in local and wider contexts
- values local, national and international heritage, understands the importance of the relationship between past and current events and the forces that drive change
- understands the origins and impacts of social, economic, and environmental aspects of the world around her/him
- has the awareness, knowledge, skills, values and motivation to live sustainably
- takes action to safeguard and promote her/his wellbeing and that of others
- is a confident and competent participant in physical activity and is motivated to be physically active
- understands the importance of food and diet in making healthy lifestyle choices
- makes informed financial decisions and develops good consumer skills
- recognises the potential uses of mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of learning
- describes, illustrates, interprets, predicts and explains patterns and relationships
- devises and evaluates strategies for investigating and solving problems using mathematical knowledge, reasoning and skills
- observes and evaluates empirical events and processes and draws valid deductions and conclusions
- values the role and contribution of science and technology to society, and their personal, social and global importance
- uses appropriate technologies in meeting a design challenge
- applies practical skills as she/he develop models and products using a variety of materials and technologies
- takes initiative, is innovative and develops entrepreneurial skill
- brings an idea from conception to realisation
- 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.