Sunday 21 October 2018

Eoin O'Malley: Preparing our children for life after the Leaving is not just the job of our schools

Students should be better prepared for the challenges of university - but it may not be just the fault of schools, writes Eoin O'Malley

HARD LESSONS: A new report suggests students think their secondary school education may not have equipped them for what they encountered at university. Picture posed by models
HARD LESSONS: A new report suggests students think their secondary school education may not have equipped them for what they encountered at university. Picture posed by models

Eoin O'Malley

Did Plato complain that Aristotle's generation had been dumbed down compared to his own? I expect that Plato had great respect for his pupil, but it seems like since then, every generation thinks the subsequent one is somehow deficient compared to its own.

It seems natural. Just as the next generation's music is ''noise'', we assume that their lives are much easier and they are not fit for a hard day's work.

As a university teacher, I'm pretty certain that this generation of students' quality of writing has gone down from what it was. As natural as it is to feel like this, it may well be rubbish. Perhaps basic grammar mistakes were ubiquitous when I was a student.

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