Thursday 18 January 2018

Coughlan must step up to plate

HEAT or light? This week, the various teachers' organisations must choose at their annual conferences between hot-headed, angry debate and casting a sharp, objective light on the future of Irish education.

In theory at least, no profession should be better suited to the task of analysing the sector in the context of our bewildering economic crisis, which has caused immense problems which will certainly intensify in the coming years.

Some are specific to the present, like pay cuts and class sizes. Others apply to the medium and longer term. Everybody agrees that for economic (and many other) reasons, we must invest in education. But where is the money to come from? And how is it to be invested wisely?

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