Archive for 22 August 2010

Grade inflation ‘fuelled’ by fear of legal action

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 August 2010 by Steve

“Grade inflation in universities and colleges may be fuelled by students threatening legal action when they do not get high marks, according to the head of the Irish qualifications agency …” (more)

[Ken Foxe and John Downes, Sunday Tribune, 22 August]

We can’t be a smart economy until we get the basics right

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 August 2010 by Steve

“For those relying on the next generation to dig us out of a hole, last week’s Leaving Cert results made depressing reading, with high failure rates not only in maths and science, but business too …” (more)

[Eilis O’Hanlon, Independent, 22 August]

Education has to smarten up

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 22 August 2010 by Steve

“… More and more young people have seen the attractions of going to university, so the points have shot up. But the iniquitous points system will not be sufficient to block a much-increased student intake this year. And this is causing a panic in the universities. College presidents seem unanimous in saying they cannot cope with the new demands that are going to be made on them …” (more)

[Independent, 22 August]

Tributes pour in for former minister and top academic

Posted in Life with tags on 22 August 2010 by Steve

“Tributes were paid yesterday to Professor James Dooge, a leading academic and former Fine Gael Foreign Affairs Minister and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, who has died in Dublin …” (more)

[Independent, 22 August]

Mothers ‘lonely over university’

Posted in Life with tags on 22 August 2010 by Steve

“One in three mothers have said they will feel lonely when their child heads to university this September, a survey has revealed …” (more)

[Independent, 22 August]

Standards in Maths and Science

Posted in teaching with tags on 22 August 2010 by Steve

“Since the publication of this year’s Leaving Certificate results on Wednesday, numerous commentators and multi-national companies have been commenting on the low standards in mathematics and science amongst this year’s cohort. They are saying that the failure rates for maths and science subjects is unacceptably high …” (more)

[Humphrey Jones, More Stress, Less Success, 21 August]

Understanding China’s academic woes

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 22 August 2010 by Steve

“‘You just don’t understand China!’ This has become a daily exasperation as I debate with my Chinese colleagues on some aspects of their country. I arrived in Zhejiang four months ago as a visiting researcher on Chinese foreign policy, and my long-suffering colleagues have gone beyond the call of duty to help me come to terms with China’s politics, society, worldview and how they themselves understand it …” (more)

[Steven Kuo, Guardian, 21 August]