Saturday 3 December 2016

Sinead Ryan: Ruairi Quinn miscalculated with maths call

Published 24/04/2014 | 18:53

Ruairi Quinn watches while the TUI’s Gerard Craughwell receives yet another standing ovation. Pat Moore
Ruairi Quinn watches while the TUI’s Gerard Craughwell receives yet another standing ovation. Pat Moore

Moving past the heckling, placard-waving and rudeness of some of the delegates at the teachers' conferences this week, many of whom would suspend their students for similar behaviour, perhaps we can all stop dancing around the big elephant in the room that the minister has been avoiding.

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Ruairi Quinn said he intends to make Honours Maths a minimum requirement for primary teacher training. Advanced calculus is now needed, he reckons, to teach five-year-olds their ABCs. Good luck.

I'm all for getting the best qualified pros, but if we're looking at big-picture stuff, here's one I'd be happier Mr Quinn finished painting before worrying that our pre-pubescents are losing out in class.

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