Sunday 22 January 2017

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

Published 23/08/2016 | 02:30

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

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

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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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