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This morning/afternoon.

NCAD, Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor launching the ‘Action Plan for Education 2019’ that sets out more than “280 deliverable actions for this year with the ambition to continuously improve our education system”.

That owl guff.


Leah Farrell/RollingNews


A billboard campaign launched today by The Humanist Association of Ireland

Look at the happy scripture-free head on her.

‘Human’ Ger writes:

Can I ask your readers one question: Do you believe all Irish children should have an equal right to education? Please answer here [and elaborate if possible below] …

Blummin’ unbrainwashed, dungaree-wearing heathens.


The Humanist Association of Ireland



Heather writes:

“Two of my friends who have children under the age of 4 are finding the same problems trying to get a place in a school for their children. They’ve both been told that their unbaptised children will be put at the bottom of the list if they apply to Catholic schools. Frustrated, they’ve started this petition [link below] calling on the Irish government to sort out an increasingly common problem. Any signal boost would be welcome. Thank you.”

Petition for more multi-denominational / non-denominational schools (ipetition)

Hmm. Intriguing.

Steven Lydon of Change.org is currently petitioning Education Minister Ruari Quinn s to expand the curriculum by introducing philosophy as a full subject.

The President supports it.

600 people have already signed up.

Steven sez:

In February 2012, the Royal Irish Academy for Philosophy and Ethics submitted a curriculum for a Leaving Certificate philosophy course to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Despite these encouraging initial steps, the Department of Education halted this process last year.
As Budget 2014 approaches, it should once again be emphasised that Irish citizens require a philosophical education to engage enthusiastically, critically, and independently with society. Because these educational goals are rights rather than commodities, they should not depend upon budgetary restrictions.

Vote here.

(Thanks Steve)

90278890(Teachers pre-budget protest in Dublin, October 2012)

As a newly-qualified (two years) secondary school teacher, I do not know what it was like to teach pre-austerity. I know only of daily life in a busy secondary school in Cork. I know of big classes, big work-loads and people doing their best. I have a Masters (in my subject) that is not acknowledged by the department. I am not in receipt of the teaching through Irish allowance.

Newly-qualified teachers’ pay is down 15 per cent since 2011. I’m appalled at the increase in the size of classes, at the cutbacks in special education needs resources and the constant air of gloom that pervades.

What happened to valuing the individual and of nurturing their potential? I consider it an achievement just to have spoken to every student by the end of certain classes, never mind meeting their specific educational needs.

I invite Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to spend a day shadowing me through the minefield that is secondary education. Although I might not have time to speak to him.

Roisin Mulford, Dungarvan, Co Waterford.


Teaching In An Age of Austerity (Irish Times Letters)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)