Monthly Archives: January 2017

Whiskey, Google and knowledge

“The former objectives of education, which emphasised a knowledge of facts, are no longer as valuable in a society where information is available at your fingertips.” This was a statement made recently in a column in the Irish Times and … Continue reading

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Risk factors for non-progression at third level

The main risk factors for non-progression at third level are the following*: Low prior educational achievement, i.e., low CAO points. Being male Being from a lower socioeconomic group Studying on a course in construction or ICT When all of the … Continue reading

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Educate Together and the march of progressive education

My son’s primary school recently had a visit from the Educate Together* group, best known for their primary schools but who now are beginning to move into the second level sector. The Educate Together movement is laudable, a welcome antidote … Continue reading

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Is the end of the textbook nigh?

I published a textbook in 2013 (called Membrane Filtration: a problem-solving approach with MATLAB, if you really want to know). I signed the publishing deal in September 2011 and I submitted what I thought was the final draft to the publisher … Continue reading

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Education journalism and entry to college

It won’t make me popular to say this but we have a problem with education journalism in this country. This morning there have been two articles, one in the Irish Times and one in the Examiner in which Philip Nolan, … Continue reading

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The independent learning crisis

Today I allowed myself the luxury of working from the Lexicon library in my hometown of Dun Laoghaire. The library doesn’t look great from the outside but it’s pretty nice inside with a fine view of the coastline. I had … Continue reading

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