Archive for literacy

Technology to blame as standards in basic skills fall

Posted in teaching with tags , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“The increasing availability of technological aids in mobile phones and music players is having a detrimental effect on teenagers’ language and maths skills …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 28 February]

Ireland’s Ranking on PISA: Discussion

Posted in teaching with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

Chairman: The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Ireland’s ranking in the programme for international student assessment, PISA, report. I am pleased to welcome from the Educational Research Centre, Dr. Peter Archer, director, Dr. Jude Cosgrove, research associate, and Ms Rachel Perkins, research associate, and from the Department of Education and Skills, Ms Brigid McManus …” (more)

[Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills, 13 January]

Dept of Education: OECD drop ‘matter of serious concern’

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“The Secretary General of the Department of Education has called Ireland’s recent slide in the OECD rankings a ‘matter of serious concern’, but also questioned the study’s findings …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 14 January]

‘Concern’ at lower maths and literacy rankings

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“The secretary general of the Department of Education Brigid McManus said Ireland’s drop in OECD maths and literacy rankings was a ‘matter of serious concern’ but questioned the findings of the international study, an Oireachtas committee heard …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 14 January]

Ireland’s PISA results: myth and reality

Posted in teaching with tags , on 11 January 2011 by Steve

“The recent results from the PISA surveys have got a lot of attention. In somewhat apocalyptic terms, the Irish Times referred to ‘2010: the year Irish education fell to earth’ and invited reader’s opinions on Ireland’s ‘falling literacy levels’ though the Irish Independent did carry a more balanced assessment. A careful analysis of the data reveals a more complex picture …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 11 January]

Programme 76, Irish PISA Results, (19-12-10)

Posted in teaching with tags , on 23 December 2010 by Steve

“In this programme a panel of experts discuss the recently released results from PISA which showed a decline from 2000 to 2009 in the performance of Irish 15-year-olds students in reading and mathematical literacy …” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 23 December]

Teacher’s Pet

Posted in teaching with tags , on 14 December 2010 by Steve

“There was a funeral atmosphere in the Department of Education last week when those OECD/PISA results were rolled out. There was also a sense that they marked the end of a comfortable, complacent era in Irish education …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 December]

Falling literacy levels: what do readers think?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 14 December 2010 by Steve

“The ranking of Irish students in literacy and maths has fallen dramatically in the latest OECD survey. But how have ‘Irish Times’ readers in Ireland and across the globe responded to this news? The following comments were posted on irishtimes.com …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 December]

Decline in maths and literacy

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 13 December 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – The latest OECD results will not be a surprise to people teaching maths to science and engineering students in colleges and universities here …” (more)

[Sara McMurry, Irish Times, 13 December]

Don’t blame immigrants for decline in education standards

Posted in teaching with tags , , , , on 13 December 2010 by Steve

“Irish society needs all the youthful intelligence and imagination it can get. So it is not surprising that new figures showing Ireland’s decline in international rankings from fifth to 17th in reading and from 16th to 26th in maths have raised serious concerns …” (more)

[Seán Ó Riain, Irish Times, 13 December]

Education is not failing the young

Posted in teaching with tags on 11 December 2010 by Steve

“As a member of the educational system and Ireland’s ‘dumber and fatter generation’ I feel obliged to respond to some of the callous allusions made in your December 9 editorial …” (more)

[Ruairi Keane, Independent, 11 December]

PISA: dangerously unbalanced education

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 9 December 2010 by Steve

“PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment), as some readers will know, is an assessment of 15-year old students carried out every three years by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 65 countries and regions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 December]

Results black mark for our system, says Quinn

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) survey results are a ‘shocking indication of how our education system fails to perform at the most basic levels’, Labour’s Ruairí Quinn said last night …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 8 December]

Shattering the myth of a world-class education system

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The latest OECD findings expose the Irish education system for what it is – a lot less successful than we like to tell ourselves. In the dark days – and there has been a good number of late – we could at least find comfort in the quality of our education system …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 8 December]

Irish students drop in rankings for literacy and maths

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The ranking of Irish students in literacy and maths has fallen dramatically in the latest OECD survey. The results, described as ‘disappointing’’ by Minister for Education Mary Coughlan, contradict the common perception that Ireland enjoys a ‘world-class’ education system …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 8 December]

The news from PISA

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 8 December 2010 by Steve

“The latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) are out and Ireland does not do too well. Sean Flynn has a fairly trenchant take on it. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, he makes some good points …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 8 December]

Irish educational standards are falling rapidly

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 7 December 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s performance in the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey results show that our education system is failing from years of under investment. Ireland is now ranked outside the top ten developed countries in terms of reading, science and maths …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn, Labour Party Blog, 7 December]

TUI reacts to OECD PISA findings

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 7 December 2010 by Steve

“TUI today described the continuing high performance of Irish students in science in the OECD’s latest PISA study as welcome news. The union also expressed its hope that Project Maths will boost performance in the subject in future years, while warning that it must be fully resourced …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 7 December]

Teaching union claims students lacking basic literacy skills

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 December 2010 by Steve

“A major teachers union has claimed that many students going into third level education lack basic literacy and analytical skills …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 4 December]

Spelling – should we care?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 25 August 2008 by Steve

“Put succinctly, the question is this: are spelling rules for English so bizarre that we should just abandon them, either allowing a free-for-all or introducing a structured reform of spelling? The problem with English is the sheer complexity of standard spelling, and its often irrational nature …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 August]