Saturday 16 December 2017

An updated economics syllabus after 44 years would be an asset

Last week in this paper, Katherine Donnelly reported UCD's Dr Kevin Denny's discovery of errors in the Leaving Certificate economics exam. Dr Denny's analysis found issues with 14 of the 17 questions on the 2012 higher paper, and ignited a controversy over the Leaving Certificate economics paper which brought to light some rather disturbing aspects of the curriculum as it is currently taught. Beyond simple '2+2=5' type errors, it was clear from Dr Denny's analysis the syllabus was totally out of date.

Importantly, subsequent reporting by Donnelly revealed other academics had raised similar questions with the body responsible for setting the exams in the past, but they were ignored. The state exam commission seems determined to ignore Dr Denny as well, saying last week his findings do not merit a review of any kind.

So: we have an outsider with no axe to grind raising an important issue and being ignored by those inside the structure. Readers: Does that remind you of anyone or anything in our recent history?

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