Does the Leaving prepare students for third level

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I’m sure I’ve written about his before but I’m returning to it today because is has come up on social media today. Here’s the context: many academics bemoan the ‘fact’ that students arrive in college unprepared for the challenges that await them. By all accounts, incoming students cannot think critically and they rely way too much on rote learning …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 13 August]

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But what is critical thinking?

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Since I wrote this letter to the Irish Times earlier this week, I’ve been thinking about what critical thinking actually is. Basically, I believe that all of what we call critical thinking is recall; it’s not some mysterious process somehow separated from more ‘normal’ mental processes like remembering who won the FA cup in 1973 or what the longest river in the world is …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 22 March]


Can young people be taught how to think critically?

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A cornerstone of proposed school reform is to get pupils thinking critically and creatively. But how can that be done? Not since Plato started writing about Socrates has critical thinking been so fashionable …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 10 March]


‘Ireland is the world leader in educational snobbery’ says Donal Lynch

Posted in Teaching on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“‘Jackie Lavin was right to question if costly college degrees pay off’ in the Sunday Independent sees Donal Lynch adding to the debate started by Jackie Lavin who said that our graduates ‘haven’t a clue’. Lynch chastises academics who ‘bridle’ and ‘sniff’ at anyone who questions the job they do in Ireland’s third-level colleges …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 June]

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Teaching students not to think

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2014 by steve

“Although the once-sacrosanct world of academia made national headlines in the UK with some regularity last year, certain issues were considered more newsworthy than others …” (more)

[Joanna Williams, spiked, 6 January]

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‘Universities are little more than glorified secondary schools’

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2013 by steve

“… Before I came to university I had the impression that the study of the humanities was designed to allow students to explore, research and broaden their minds. I had assumed that we would be encouraged to develop our individualism and capacity for critical thinking. How wrong I was …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 April]


Overloaded with information, students need critical thinking skills

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2012 by steve

“Students today have unprecedented access to information. According to educator Karl Fisch, in one week of reading The New York Times, an individual will encounter more information than people in the 18th century would have had access to during the entire course of their lives …” (more)

[Adam Peck, University World News, 26 February]


Critical Thinking and all that

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2012 by steve

“Here’s the text of an article I wrote for an internal DCU journal. Given the announcement today of a large new study into enquiry based learning at second level, I thought it might be timely to reproduce it here …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 January]

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Beyond Critical Thinking

Posted in Life on January 6th, 2010 by steve

“The antivocational dimension of the humanities has been a source of pride and embarrassment for generations. The persistence of this reputed uselessness is puzzling given the fact that an education in the humanities allows one to develop skills in reading, writing, reflection, and interpretation that are highly prized in our economy and culture …” (more)

[Michael Roth, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 January]

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