Thursday 30 March 2017

We must do better than a one-size-fits-all education system

‘Very few teachers are trained to teach woodwork or metalwork’
‘Very few teachers are trained to teach woodwork or metalwork’
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

In most European countries, students can go into a stream of education for the trades at the age of 16.

Why does our system of education keep pushing everyone towards the Leaving Cert and towards a third-level degree for all? Is it because we don't have teachers qualified to teach any other system of second-level education bar the academic stream?

Or is there something going on with Irish mammies and daddies that they look down on any form of education which does not have a place at a third-level institution as its goal, and they would be embarrassed among their friends if young Johnny decided he wanted to be a plumber rather than a teacher.

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