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Ruairi Quinn should teach these wolves a lesson

Teachers need to worry less about themselves and more about the future of education

Emer O'Kelly

Published 27/04/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn

A good vocabulary is a wondrous thing. It's quite possible that even some schoolteachers would agree. And during the past few days, I've heard a wide vocabulary being employed by many people to describe a certain group: hooligans, gurriers, guttersnipes, thugs, louts, morons, idiots.

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Those are the nouns; then there were a few adjectives: infantile, contemptible, disgraceful, outrageous, self-serving, ignorant, despicable. Not surprising really: ordinary members of society, who believe in a certain level of decent behaviour, can be expected to condemn disruptive, threatening behaviour when it's indulged in by cudgel-wielding casual dock labourers, even if those labourers are on starvation wages with no union to protect them.

Oh, sorry. We don't have casual dock labourers on starvation wages anymore. Anyway, history has shown that such people are more than capable of behaving with dignity.

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