Education, the 21st Century and Traffic

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Crawling through Ballymun today it occurred to me how little has changed despite ‘The 21st Century’. As the economy recovers there is a noticeable increase in traffic volumes especially at rush hour …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 8 October]

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Libya looks to Ireland as a model for education reform

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2012 by steve

This time last year Fathi Akkari, then a lecturer in electronic engineering at Tallaght IT, watched from Dublin as revolution unfolded in the home country he left as a political dissident two decades ago …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 24 February]


Pensions dispute gives academics work-life balance

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2011 by steve

“The differences to Fiona Patrick’s working practices in recent weeks are subtle, but they have been, she says, an ‘absolute revelation’. The lecturer at Glasgow University’s school of education has been reading a book or newspaper on the hour-long train journey to and from work, rather than desperately catching up on admin tasks or poring over research articles …” (more)

[HT: Brian Lucey]
[Rachel Williams, Guardian, 7 November]

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When I Was Deciding to Go to University

Posted in Life on March 19th, 2010 by steve

“I remember vividly making a decision that I was going to head west from Pennsylvania to attend college in Colorado. I know where I was because I bit my lip on a bone-jarring bus ride to a track meet in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Back in the early 70s, the world was doing alright without AltaVista, Yahoo! or Google. Life seemed simpler …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 18 March]