Archive for leaving cert

Students to get new college offers after winning appeals

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 13 October 2010 by Steve

“Hundreds of Leaving Certificate students can expect new college offers this week after successfully appealing their results in this year’s exams …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 October]

Pupils faced with ‘too much content, too many subjects’

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 October 2010 by Steve

“Secondary students are confronted with ‘too much content, too many subjects’, and are not getting enough time and space for genuine learning or reflection, according to school heads …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 8 October]

Are Exams Getting Easier? A Leaving Certificate Rant!

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 18 September 2010 by Steve

“As a teacher, this has been the most successful year of my life – at least in terms of the exam success of my pupils (as was last year … and the year before that … and the year before that …). Indeed if we use overall exam performance as the arbiter of academic success then, each succeeding year, pupils all over the world must be working harder and harder …” (more)

[Jeremy Stone, The Frog Blog, 18 September]

Let’s get back to the books to learn from our mistakes

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 September 2010 by Steve

“… Quinn’s party leader, Eamon Gilmore, has rejected the ‘blame Irish’ myth and Quinn himself wastes no time putting his finger on the real problem. ‘Junior lecturers have to spend the first year of university deprogramming students … the system of learning by rote, by memory, rather than learning how to reason and how to articulate, this is what is in need of reform’, he says …” (more)

[Independent, 12 September]

Labour wants PE as subject for Leaving

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“Physical education should be an examinable subject on the Leaving Certificate curriculum, offering students points towards third-level admission, the Labour Party has proposed …” (more)

[Luke Cassidy, Irish Times, 3 September]

PE ‘should be’ Leaving Cert subject

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“Physical education should be an examinable subject on the Leaving Certificate curriculum, offering students points towards third level admission, the Labour Party has proposed …” (more)

[Luke Cassidy, Irish Times, 2 September]

Why the Leaving Cert is the fairest and the best

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 1 September 2010 by Steve

“When it comes to assessing students, Reverend Charles Caleb Colton got it right when he observed that: ‘Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer …'” (more)

[Independent, 1 September]

Leaving Cert Irish syllabus criticised

Posted in teaching with tags , on 1 September 2010 by Steve

“A decision by Minister for Education Mary Coughlan not to add a new Irish language subject to the Leaving Cert curriculum will lead to ‘cultural impoverishment’, a leading educationalist has warned …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 1 September]

Another result as exam notes earn student €2,800

Posted in Life with tags , on 1 September 2010 by Steve

“A student who scored seven As and 580 points in the Leaving Certificate has made almost €3,000 by selling his study notes online …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 1 September]

Leaving Cert student earns almost €3,000 from selling notes

Posted in Life with tags on 31 August 2010 by Steve

“An enterprising Leaving Certificate student has earned almost €3,000 from selling his study notes online …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 31 August]

No fairer points

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“Sir – There have been numerous articles this week calling for an overhaul of the points system and the introduction of a ‘fairer’ Leaving Certificate ..” (more)

[Paul O’Connor, Independent, 29 August]

Student’s coveted exam notes soar to €1,000 on eBay

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“There’s a high price to be paid for Leaving Certificate success on eBay. An online auction of Leaving Cert notes from a straight-A student saw two rival bidders send the prices soaring as they battled it out to secure the coveted prize …” (more)

[The eBay pages are here]
[Fiona Ellis, Independent, 28 August]

10% failure in pass maths a national embarrassment – Healy Eames

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“The way maths is taught in primary and secondary schools needs to be urgently addressed, according to Fine Gael Seanad Education Spokesperson Fidelma Healy Eames. The Galway senator has expressed concern at the high number of Leaving Certificate students who are failing maths at higher and ordinary level …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 25 August]

Social class and educational attainment of Irish children

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“It is well known that children from high SES backgrounds do much better in school and this explains, at least proximately, the very sharp SES gradient with regard to university entrance. Or, to put it in English, working class kids get, on average, much worse Leaving Certs …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 25 August]

Students’ best efforts sabotaged by arbitrary and unfair points system

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“Did you find yourself listening to the radio with a grin on your face the other day? I know I did. I was on the road a lot, and as usual when I have a long journey to make I found myself flicking through the various news channels on the radio. And everywhere, it was great news. It’s not often, these days, that the news on the radio makes you smile …” (more)

[Fergus Finlay, Irish Examiner, 24 August]

Making the grade in the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“A chara, – Peter Molloy (August 21st), makes two very valid points. First, that girls outperform boys at Leaving Cert level; second, that later in life men outperform women in business. But he makes a very strange proposal: to ‘rebalance’ the system for the benefit of the economy, he suggests ‘creating a bias in favour of male students would be the logical, if politically unacceptable, solution’ …” (more)

[Katie Harrington, Irish Times, 24 August]

Axe to grind with ‘free’ education system

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The irony in our ‘free education’ system is that 60% or more parents of Leaving Cert students fork out from €2,000 to €3,000 on grinds and the figure could even be higher as this estimate is taken from an article by David McWilliams written in 2004 …” (more)

[Nuala Nolan, Independent, 24 August]

The numbers repeating exams on rise

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“The number of students repeating their Leaving Cert is on the rise again. Having a second crack at the Leaving Cert could be the best option for many students, who for whatever reason, want to do better in the exams …” (more)

[Fiona Ellis, Independent, 23 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]