Address for success?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I hate to break it to Brian Clancy (Letters, February 28th), but unfortunately your address or school, being of course proxies for family socio-economic background, remain the clearest predictor of future success in life (if we define success in the regrettably narrow sense of making loads of money) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 1 March]


Leaving Cert system favours wealthier students, study finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate programme places problem solving, critical thinking and creativity secondary to rote learning and recall, a new five-year research study has found. The study indicated that skills such as remembering and understanding were prioritised above evaluation and creativity, which were found to be largely absent from the examination papers in many subjects …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Closing Ireland’s school readiness gap: the ‘Preparing for Life’ programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2010 by steve

“Environmental conditions brought about by poverty are often detrimental to healthy child development. Childhood disadvantage can result in a number of negative outcomes later in life, including low educational attainment, poor mental health, and delinquency. Increasing evidence suggests that targeted, early intervention can reduce such socioeconomic disparities in childrens’ skills and capabilities and subsequently improve their life chances …” (more)

[Orla Doyle, University Blog, 24 February]

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