Thursday 25 May 2017

Students' reasons for taking higher maths often don't add up

'Many students are opting for honours maths without understanding what is involved' (stock photo)
'Many students are opting for honours maths without understanding what is involved' (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

As our teenagers approach yet another bout of intense psychological stress in the annual slug-fest of the Leaving Certificate, it is encouraging to see an educationalist express grave moral reservations over the 25 bonus points awarded to those students who sit the honours maths paper (Irish Independent, Education, May 18).

I agree wholeheartedly with Billy Ryle's observations on the distorted and often misguided reasoning of young people who opt for the honours paper simply in the hope of gaining these extra points.

It appears there is rarely a deeper appreciation of the level of extracurricular study involved, suitability to the higher paper, or the student's own long-term objectives when deciding to take the honours paper.

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