Wednesday 22 November 2017

Whole point of the Leaving is the stress

If God didn't mean us to suffer, he wouldn't have given us those end-of-school exams, writes Declan Lynch

New research by the ESRI shows that doing the Leaving causes high levels of stress. The new research would be broadly in line with the old research. And indeed anyone who has ever been to a secondary school in Ireland, or who has known anyone who has done the Leaving, would have done their own research, and would find the verdict of the ESRI not entirely surprising.

Apparently four out of 10 Leaving Cert students lose sleep due to worry. Which again may lead to some of us losing even more sleep, wondering why they are telling us this, and about the next revelation to emerge from the ESRI -- that a lot of people find the maths a bit hard perhaps?

There are nuances to the ESRI's findings, such as the news that girls suffer more stress than boys. On average they spend about four hours on their homework, about an hour longer than the boys. But again, this is something that many of us might have known already, just by some strange intuition.

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