Monday 27 February 2017

UK and America lag far behind Ireland on education

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‘It is up to third-level colleges – not secondary schools – to teach students research skills’
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Barbara Scully's article (Irish Independent, May 6) regarding our rigid education system left me wondering whether Ms Scully was writing with tongue in cheek.

She wrote: "I hear friends in the United Kingdom and the United States talk of the education of their teenagers and wonder how we in Ireland have managed to get so stuck."

Is Ms Scully for real? Has she reviewed the OECD's latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results for the USA and the UK? Both countries lag far behind our little country when it comes to all areas of the PISA test. We should copy the US and the UK education systems only if we want our students to drop down the PISA ratings.

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