Mind Blogging



Breakingnews.ie reports:

Full-time second-level teacher Luke Saunders, founder of Studyclix.ie,the website that breaks down Junior and Leaving Certificate exam questions by topic, gives his expert opinion on today’s English papers.

For the first time ever within a Leaving Cert paper students were asked to write a blog post, a sign that examiners are moving with the times.”

Higher level students were asked to write a blog post for an online campaign that opposed public expenditure on space exploration while ordinary level students were asked to imagine they were tourists and to write a travel blog based on their experiences and views on Ireland.”

Leaving and Junior Cert first papers are over: here’s what was on them (Breakingnews.ie)

39 thoughts on “Mind Blogging

  1. Won't somebody please think of the children

    Wow – maybe someday some of them will grow up and realise their dream to be John Moynes! What a time to be alive.

  2. The Gawm

    Just in case you’re thinking of making this a daily thing throughout the exams, know this : no-one who has done their Leaving Cert or Junior Cert wants to read about other people doing it. It’s as dull as listening to someone describe what dream they had last night.

    File with Frilly “W’acky” Keane and LJG (who must be in hospital, or dead) in the Recycle Bin.

    1. Eliot Rosewater

      I’ve done both, and would be interested in hearing about certain subjects. So, y’know.

  3. Boba Fettucine

    Don’t they mean ‘Comprehension’ and ‘Composition’?

    I suppose it is only a higher level English examination.

    1. neil

      Comprehending and composing are perfectly cromulent words, they’ve obviously just changed the terms to their verb form.

      1. Waddy Dilson

        BUT it creates the silly idea in the students head that it isn’t as formal, because blog posts are done in shorthand, slang, even text speak… A lot of people will lose marks for being loose with their structure here

        1. Nigel

          Well blog posts are only a venue and can be a medium for any form of writing, including formally structured essays. Seems like calling it a blog-post is a bit redundant? Or cleverly relevant? Can’t decide.

        2. Jimmee

          Maybe its a trick so on the examiners part?

          Because life isn’t easy, and neither are exams.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I would have been too cute to do the blog. Leave it til next year when you’ll know what they want from it. New questions are to be avoided.


  4. Markskids

    Emma O Kelly will be on the Six One this evening wetting herself with excitement delivering the JC/LC news.

    1. Delacaravanio

      Google page ranking would also be a concern. Maybe scope for monetising content? “Let’s not spend money on outer-space, instead make the most of your space with the new IKEA catalogue.”

  5. Weedless

    “a sign that examiners are moving with the times”

    Totally. They’re right up to the late 90’s with this poo. Next year they’ll have economics questions asking them to estimate the financial impact of the millennium bug.

  6. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I’d probably waste all my time creating a banner to go at the top of my blog and get nothing written.

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        ‘…dealing with trolls in the comment section.

        That’s not something I was
        making plans for Nigel.

        1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

          I was going to post a video by a group called XTC, but I changed my mind.
          -It would’ve been like repeating myself, like repeating what I just posted by posting a ‘copy & paste’ from somewhere else…something that I robbed my earlier content from.

          Think ‘Anne’, but funny. And in reverse…

          Instead I’m going to post this ‘more-appropriate’ video by XTC, because it’s the best thing they ever did.

          1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

            Here’s another one that’s quite good…
            I think…
            I wasn’t listening, I was reminiscing…about when I bought this album (WITH the limited edition free remix album called Go+) from the boot of a car in the car park of the Embankment pub, Tallaght.

            (…too busy reading the album cover…I began to wonder….was THAT the first time I encountered the concept of ‘trolling’, way back in 1978? Is this the reason I’ve become what I pretend I am?
            XTC…They were the ONLY reason I EVER went to college. They were playing in Belfield one night and me and me mate Eamonn went. He still owes me £10. (NOT €10, £10)
            …but I digress.)


  7. Cop On

    Leaving Cert? Who cares what kids do? This isn’t news. We’ll have reports on school discos next.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Generally I found the people who said that were the people who weren’t so forthcoming with their “amazing” results afterwards.

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