We need to teach empathy … and stuff

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tibor Navracsics is the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. Today he tweeted this: ‘Most of today’s children will have jobs that don’t yet exist. Soft skills are vital in enabling them to succeed in the labour market and life’ …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 May]

Micheline takes the campaign to the US

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline has resolved to repeat her grandmother, Hannah Sheehy Skeffington’s, epic tour of the U.S in this its anniversary year. Her principal motive is to try to get Hanna the recognition she deserves for what she did …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 30 May]

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TUI News Ballot Special

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This ballot concerns the proposed TUI, DES and THEA Agreement, May 2017, on Technological Universities. If members vote to accept the proposed agreement, the current industrial action (that is, not to cooperate with any merger activities relating to the proposed Technological Universities) will be suspended …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 30 May]

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Public servants asked to pay more for pensions as Government pledges pay cuts will be refunded

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has asked public servants to pay more for their pensions but will refund pay cuts imposed under emergency legislation in a new deal. Sources at talks on a deal to extend the Lansdowne Road Agreement said government officials said they would convert a €720m pension levy already being paid into a higher permanent contribution …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 29 May]

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CIT bosses in a flap after spate of crow attacks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College bosses are in a flap after a spate of vicious crow attacks on campus grounds. It’s not quite as gory as Hitchcock’s 1963-film horror The Birds, but up to 20 people working or studying at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) have reported being attacked by a lone crow in recent days …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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Joe Duffy claims Trinity College ‘hates him’ from his days as a student

Posted in Life on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Top radio presenter Joe Duffy has claimed that Trinity College still ‘hates him’ from his days as a student activist. His remarks were made after the university wouldn’t let him film a show on campus …” (more)

[Sharon McGowan, Dublin Live, 29 May]

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Reward offered after dead dolphin incident

Posted in Legal issues on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An American anti-poaching and conservation group has offered a €4,000 reward for information leading to the identification of two men who threw a dead dolphin out a window during a party at a student apartment complex in Cork …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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In Praise of Discovery Learning

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A quick look through the DSE inspectorate reports shows that the popularity of discovery learning is showing no signs of disappearing. One inspection report from March mentions discovery learning twice, recommending that science teachers ‘should increase the emphasis on discovery learning’ …” (more)

[ellenkmetcalf, 29 May]

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies appoints new head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), an internationally-renowned institute for basic research and scholarship, has appointed Dr Eucharia Meehan as its new registrar and chief executive. She was director of the Irish Research Council since it was established in 2012 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 29 May]

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