Something is seriously broken in Irish education
IN the week that the country's teachers meet for their annual conferences, there could hardly be a better time to discuss the economic importance of education.
By way of preface, though, let's start by stating the obvious. Education is about many things and the economic dimension – what it means for people's working lives, their earnings and how economies function – is only one aspect.
At an individual level, education enriches people's lives by broadening their horizons and allowing them the chance to fulfil their potential. At the broadest societal level, it changes the way people interact and behave, as measured by almost every indicator. Indeed, so wide-ranging are the benefits that there is even a debate about whether education make us morally better people.