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Reform Education           reply
15/09/2009 13:12 - Education Cutbacks
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There´s currently a large problem with the irish education system, that if not tackled soon, will leave us in a very drastic state of affairs - no where near the recovery that has been promised to us in the near future.

Here´s what I´m talking about;

the society at the moment is moving into a innovation, knowledge based society, where the bulk of our economic and social progress will come form the generation of new ideas - ideas that can add value both here and abroad, ideas that can create jobs and national income together with increased investment from abroad.

Low skilled and manufacturing jobs are too expensive, and so MNC´s are moving elsewhere - they simply cannot survive here anymore, adding to the figures on the dole and reducing the overall tax take for the government. also not good...

so currently the only thing we have feeding people into this new knowledge based society is our education system, but theres a huge problem with our current system.

The irish education system is stuck in an industrial, military style system, promoting simple reguritation of information and not alot else. The system is conditioning people to sit back and take information off a teacher or lecturer. We reward students to just receive information and enforce a logical, memory based approach which does not even try to stimulate or develop the personal traits the future workforce and members of society need.

This innovation economy will be based on new ideas. Creativity, enterprise, innovation, passion and desire are whats needed to come up with new valuable ideas that can be turned into employment and national income. We do not value creativity, or get students curious about taking on their own learning. We do not get them to enjoy education and are shooting ourselves in the foot. We need people to be innovative and we need to stimulate that as soon as possible and not base our view of intelligence on a points system for remembering old information that adds nothing to anybodys lives - old information is available to everyone and with the dawn of the internet, remembering moutains of information should be seen as a waste of time, since it is quickly available online.

It´s ironic that we use an economic model of supply and demand to measure intelligence and grant college courses, should we not use a model for intelligence? Do we even have any?

Reform is needed now more than even and the CSO proves this. The Avergage score for the LC nationally has stayed in and around the area of 300 points - thats a clear failing. Techniqcally if our system was improving, then the average score must increase. the money invested has not yielded a national significant increase, so its failed and its time for a change.



re : Reform Education           reply
19/02/2010 12:11 - Education Cutbacks
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So what migh you suggest? How would you suggest a teacher, with an overloaded curriculum, and 30 10 year olds in a small room would allow for innovation and creation and development of new ideas, while still maintaining health and safety and teaching them? How would children who have special needs, or general learning disabilities cope? This might be fine in a small private school, with excellent facilities. But it wont work in an overcrowded prefab.
I see your point, and I actually agree with you, but I cant see it working. To be honest, this approach rarely works, it only lead to the high achievers achieving higher, and the rest getting by.



Reform education           reply
15/09/2009 13:12 - Parents Associations
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There´s currently a large problem with the irish education system, that if not tackled soon, will leave us in a very drastic state of affairs - no where near the recovery that has been promised to us in the near future.

Here´s what I´m talking about;

the society at the moment is moving into a innovation, knowledge based society, where the bulk of our economic and social progress will come form the generation of new ideas - ideas that can add value both here and abroad, ideas that can create jobs and national income together with increased investment from abroad.

Low skilled and manufacturing jobs are too expensive, and so MNC´s are moving elsewhere - they simply cannot survive here anymore, adding to the figures on the dole and reducing the overall tax take for the government. also not good...

so currently the only thing we have feeding people into this new knowledge based society is our education system, but theres a huge problem with our current system.

The irish education system is stuck in an industrial, military style system, promoting simple reguritation of information and not alot else. The system is conditioning people to sit back and take information off a teacher or lecturer. We reward students to just receive information and enforce a logical, memory based approach which does not even try to stimulate or develop the personal traits the future workforce and members of society need.

This innovation economy will be based on new ideas. Creativity, enterprise, innovation, passion and desire are whats needed to come up with new valuable ideas that can be turned into employment and national income. We do not value creativity, or get students curious about taking on their own learning. We do not get them to enjoy education and are shooting ourselves in the foot. We need people to be innovative and we need to stimulate that as soon as possible and not base our view of intelligence on a points system for remembering old information that adds nothing to anybodys lives - old information is available to everyone and with the dawn of the internet, remembering moutains of information should be seen as a waste of time, since it is quickly available online.

It´s ironic that we use an economic model of supply and demand to measure intelligence and grant college courses, should we not use a model for intelligence? Do we even have any?

Reform is needed now more than even and the CSO proves this. The Avergage score for the LC nationally has stayed in and around the area of 300 points - thats a clear failing. Techniqcally if our system was improving, then the average score must increase. the money invested has not yielded a national significant increase, so its failed and its time for a change.




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