Changes to primary curriculum not enough
Although they are welcome, the changes in the curriculum announced by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to improve literacy and numeracy are not enough.
The primary curriculum is not challenging enough either in terms of hours spent in the classroom or in terms of content. Imagine the improvements students would make if the 2.5 hours a week spent on religious instruction were instead spent on improving key skills required by today's challenging times? Think English, maths, science and ICT, for example.
The minister must replace current time wastage with more appropriate subjects.