Saturday 17 February 2018

John Walshe: Early school leaving has its roots in experiences of academic failure and struggle at primary level

John Walshe

FOUR- and five-year-olds love school. They troop off in the morning all excited and come back home in the afternoon, full of the joys of learning.

But what happens along the educational way over the years that causes so many to switch off and drop out early?

You have to wonder what school experiences, for instance, occurred to the young person who told Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) researchers: "I was just sick of it, I just didn't like the people or the teachers, it was like prison or something -- just, the rules in it, the teachers in it, the people in it that I didn't get on with. I'd done fourth year, but I missed a load of days and then was just, like, I started getting bored with it."

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