Monthly Archives: April 2017

Mavericks, nerds and innovation

You could say that our obsession with all things creative started with Ken Robinson and his TED Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?  It’s been viewed by a staggering 45 million people, which, although a long way short of the 2.8 billion … Continue reading

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Where’s your effing pride?

I’m about a third of the way through my continuous assessment marking and I feel the need to write this – for my sanity. Back in 1985, Ireland were playing England at the old Lansdowne Road and with 10 minutes … Continue reading

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Why I didn’t march for science

This is the age of Science Communication. Science communication used to conjure up images of the BBC’s Horizon programme (when it used to be good) or of Carl Sagan talking about “billions and billions of suns” or, if we go … Continue reading

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Reflections on the end of another academic year

And so another academic year ends – except for the shed loads of marking I’ve to do. Once again, I taught all years from first to fourth.  My biggest take away? The class dynamic is a mysterious thing. Final year … Continue reading

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Overhauling the Leaving Cert: Dos and Don’ts

After reading this article Is our education system fit for purpose in the 21st-century?  I re-read a blog I had written a while back in which I suggested that the Leaving Cert is probably un-reformable. The key word there was … Continue reading

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Higher education, language and the 21st century

This interview with DCU’s Brian McCraith (aka my boss!) got me thinking about expectations. It is quite clear from the interview that if you are to have any conversation about higher education these days and generate one of those word … Continue reading

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