Leaving is not making grade
IT is hard to know which of the two central findings of an investigation into school life is more disturbing, the fact that children are experiencing unacceptable levels of psychological pressure, or that the final year in school has deteriorated into one, long cramming session.
Taken together, they tell us the educational process culminating in the Leaving Cert is no longer fit for purpose and needs to be changed. Previous ESRI reports have made similar findings, and the country cannot afford another decade of student misery and dysfunctional second-level education.
At the core of the problem is the points system.