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It's time somebody shouted stop to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil's education plans

John Walshe

Published 29/03/2016 | 02:30

'Pearse railed against the stultifying uniformity of a state examination system and said that teachers should be free to decide what their pupils need to learn'
'Pearse railed against the stultifying uniformity of a state examination system and said that teachers should be free to decide what their pupils need to learn'

In his famous essay 'The Murder Machine', Pádraig Pearse's wrote that "without freedom there can be no right growth, and education is properly the fostering of the right growth of a personality".

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Pearse railed against the stultifying uniformity of a state examination system and said that teachers should be free to decide what their pupils need to learn.

As they meet for their annual conferences, one union, the ASTI, will debate taking an even harder line against Junior Cycle changes - the very reforms that Pearse would have approved of. He might have been more sympathetic to the unions' other call for higher pay for young teachers, given his views of the important role teachers can play in society.

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