Education and Davos Man

Posted in Teaching on January 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One of the worrying trends in education in recent years is the increasing influence that corporations and corporate organisations have on education. The Lego corporation is busily promoting play-based learning while Microsoft and Apple constantly promote their software (and hardware in the case of Apple) as tools for promoting so-called, but essentially non-existent, ’21st century skills’ …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 28 January]

Flynn welcomes £2,000 payment for student nurses

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has welcomed confirmation of a £2,000 payment for student nurses on clinical placement involved working on the frontline on the fight against COVID-19. Órlaithí Flynn said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 January]

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Temporary changes to the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) makes application process easier to complete for Leaving Cert students facing extended school closures

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Recognising the difficulty applicants and school staff are facing due to extended periods of secondary school closure, temporary changes have been made to the 2021 DARE process to help students to make their applications. To ensure supporting documentation reaches CAO in time for the March 15th deadline, schools will now be able to electronically sign off students’ supporting documentation …” (more)

[IUA, 27 January]

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Simon Harris Avoids Question on Reduction of College Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister Simon Harris was asked by Clare TD Michael McNamara on an online forum whether or not he planned to reduce college fees in the wake of Covid-19. Minister Harris did not directly respond with an explicit binary response in relation to plans of the Department of Education and Skills to formally reduce college tuition fees on a national basis …” (more)

[Eve Moore, College Tribune, 27 January]

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