Archive for 3 January 2011

20 Year Strategy for Irish Language Launched: It’s All Politics

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“… I do welcome a strategy, but unfortunately, it’s the wrong strategy, for the wrong language, at the wrong time. What a shame the strategy wasn’t about creating a multilingual society in Ireland and positioned Irish within that, along with other languages. But then, there are politicians in the mix …” (more)

[Blogos, 3 January]

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Historians Continue to Face Tough Job Market

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“The job market for historians continued to deteriorate last year, although there is reason to hope it may be poised to rebound somewhat, according to a report released on Monday by the American Historical Association …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 January]

More Defenses of Languages and Literatures

Posted in teaching with tags on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“As debates over the fate of French, German, and Italian in higher education unfold, it is easy to feel dismay over the material decline of those languages and the traditions they represent. But there may be a silver lining to the trend …” (more)

[Mark Bauerlein, Minding the Campus, 3 January]

Do Higher Grades Mean Better Health?

Posted in Life with tags on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“The relationship between education and health has been discussed several times on this blog, most recently by Kevin. Kevin mentioned that there is a positive socioeconomic gradient: more educated people have better health on average …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 3 January]

Can Targeted, Non-Cognitive Skills Programs Improve Achievement?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“This is the title of a new research paper by Pedro Martins from the University of London. Martins’ findings show that a targeted program related to non-cognitive ability – in this case study skills, motivation, and self-esteem – can improve student achievement at state schools in Portugal …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 3 January]

Open for business

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“Please RT! All of our campuses will be OPEN for business tomorrow as normal including examinations as scheduled #tweetni” (tweet)

[University of Ulster, Twitter, 3 January]

A Referendum on the Seanad: Abolition without Reflection?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“… Isn’t there an argument for an upper house of parliament in a country, like Ireland, where parliamentary structures like the use of whipping, the guillotining of debates, and the lack of a human-rights review committee in the Oireachtas have the capacity to strangle truly democratic law-making? Have we really thought through the implications of having only one house of parliament for Ireland’s democracy? …” (more)

[Fiona de Londras, Human Rights in Ireland, 3 January]