Tuesday 6 December 2016

Exam success is great - but is it over-hyped?

Published 17/08/2015 | 06:00

Striving for exam success has been part of Irish life for a long time
Striving for exam success has been part of Irish life for a long time

Exam results time in August and we are treated once again to pictures of celebrating school pupils jumping up and down in exhilaration as their results come out.

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In the greeting card shops, you can purchase congratulatory items for those kids who have sailed through their exams with flying colours. "Congrats!" these announce. "Great news! Good for you! Well done! Fantastic!" And "Yay! Congratulations! You did it! Bravo!"

If we really believed in equality, wouldn't they also produce consolatory cards for those who fail their exams, and who just don't make the grade? "Think you're a dunce? Never mind - Winston Churchill was, too." and "Cheer up! Steve Jobs never made it through college either!"

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