Wednesday 24 May 2017

Why there is a whole lot more to success than making the grade

The Leaving Cert and the Junior Cert both reward a certain type of intelligence and punish another type.
The Leaving Cert and the Junior Cert both reward a certain type of intelligence and punish another type.
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Today let's talk about the Leaving Cert (and its ugly little brother, the Junior Cert). Let's look at the sort of minds that are rewarded by the system and the sort of minds that are punished by it. Given that the Leaving Cert is the closest thing we Irish have to compulsory national service, it's an experience that we all have a view on.

In the past few weeks, listening to all the talk about the perils of "groupthink" in Ireland, I couldn't help feeling that the Leaving Cert has a significant role in this.

The Banking Inquiry, for example, is full of the very people who upheld groupthink suggesting that the problem in Ireland was the very groupthink that they were propagating in the first place!

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