Category Archives: 21st century

Jobs that don’t exist and all that xxxxx

Foolishly (I should be doing other things), I’ve just been watching some of the talks from the Global Education and Skills Forum  being held in some exclusive resort in Dubai where everyone was sitting in nice white armchairs. There was … Continue reading

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The fallacy of broad course choices at third level

A few years ago the then Minister, Ruari Quinn, got it into his head that there were too many programmes within the CAO system. The basic idea was that institutions were deliberately manipulating the supply-and-demand nature of the system to … Continue reading

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‘Dyslexia’ and the 21st century

I’ve been reading a lot about the brain recently (Susan Greenfield’s controversial book ‘Mind Change’) and it has got me thinking… Most years there will be at least one student in each of my classes who has been diagnosed with … Continue reading

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2015 and a return to knowledge

In the last few years, an increasing number of educationalists have started to question many of the trends, and fads, that have dominated education in the last decade or two. Daniel Willingham, Ed Hirsch Jr., Daisy Christodoulou, Robert Peal and many … Continue reading

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Education, the 21st Century and Traffic

Crawling through Ballymun today it occurred to me how little has changed despite ‘The 21st Century’.  As the economy recovers there is a noticeable increase in traffic volumes especially at rush hour. The very existence of rush hour implies that … Continue reading

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Teaching the Scientific Method

I was going to write about Teaching Assistants this time but I’ve postponed that for next week. In the meantime, this article in Scientific American about parents’ reluctance to expose their children to injections of any kind, vitamin K in … Continue reading

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The Leaving Cert and the 21st Century

The Leaving Cert and the 21st Century Motor cars, aeroplanes, space travel, antibiotics, anti-virals, DNA technology, MRI scanners, TVs, Relativity, GPS systems, telephones, mobile phones, stem cells, Quantum Mechanics, organ transplants, IVF, lasers, digital computers, nanotechnology, chemotherapy, brain surgery, Fermat’s … Continue reading

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