Quinn's education plans don't add up
If Education Minister Ruairi Quinn thinks that a switch to portfolio/project assessment is the magic bullet which will genuinely improve educational standards, then it is he who is "codding himself".
Granted, the present terminal exam system has become reliant on learned-off, pre-prepared responses, but this can be changed in a heartbeat by altering the type and thrust of questioning in terminal exams.
Any setter can come up with questions that focus on interpreting and applying knowledge rather than merely recalling it. This would ensure the integrity of results, alter the focus from learning off to real understanding and won't cost a cent to implement.