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Colm O'Rourke: Ireland can come top of the class again

Studies suggest that what's important is how young people are motivated to achieve their potential, writes Colm O'Rourke

Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

The old Chinese proverb said that if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man how to fish he will eat for the rest of his life. Karl Marx is supposed to have adapted this in jest by saying that if you teach a man to fish you lose a great business opportunity.

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The former statement applies to education now: an investment in education empowers people to improve themselves and by so doing will strengthen their community and country. That is what drove our parents, a belief that by giving their children a higher standard of education, those children would enjoy a better lifestyle than they had. It is no different now.

Cutbacks in education spending mean less choice. They do not necessarily mean that the whole education experience is sabotaged.

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