Sunday 18 March 2018

Education needs to be balanced

It is somewhat surprising that a wordsmith as creative as Kevin Myers seems to hold the prescriptive belief that plurals of loan words in English, such as syllabus, must be formed by adding 's' or 'es' (Irish Independent, March 4). I look forward, therefore, to Mr Myers referring to the 'mass mediums' of communication and to the 'graffitoes' defacing our walls.

In relation to the substantive issue raised in his article, I agree with his view that mathematics and science education are central to our future economic wellbeing and that we must strive for improvement in these areas. However, a broad and balanced education incorporating both the humanities and the sciences is likely to contribute more to human and economic wellbeing.

John White
General Secretary, ASTI, Dublin 8

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