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Teachers resist change because current system benefits them

Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30

Rote learning: a problem for students?
Rote learning: a problem for students?

Recent education controversies, such as school-based assessment of pupils, beg the question why are second-level teachers so resistant to deep transformative change involving a substantial attitudinal and methodological shift. And not just curriculum content and surface methodological change.

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Real change is not easy or painless. If it was, would it be worth doing? The current banking system of education (Paulo Freire) suits particular people, including teachers.

They, like a lot of people in positions of 'prestige' and influence, have benefited from it as Leaving Certificate points are cashed-in to gain access to sought after third-level courses, etc.

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