Friday 24 November 2017

If it ain't broke . . . be careful

ONE of the difficulties about educational reform is that the views of the education experts are usually at loggerheads with those of the parents and students. A second difficulty is that, down the years, the parents have turned out to be right more often.

Parents and students tend to like the Leaving Cert, and the points system on which it is based. They know what they have to do, they can see the results, and there can be no disagreement about the outcome.

These are powerful attributes, and they should be preserved as much as possible in any reform of the system. Ideas such as a partial lottery system for college admittance contained in the Hyland report are the stuff of nightmares. They show the dangers of departing too far from the transparency of the existing arrangements.

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