088. Lose Long Division from the Maths Curriculum

Generally, most of these ideas are quite critical of the Department of Education. However, one thing they got right, generally, was the Maths Curriculum in 1999. Fast forward almost 2 decades and the government are trying to undo all their good work with a new curriculum based on the failed Primary Language Curriculum. Anyway, this … Read more088. Lose Long Division from the Maths Curriculum

081. Ensure that RSE is standardised

Teaching about Relationships and Sexuality Education in Ireland, you’d think, would be a fairly straightforward affair. There’s a curriculum to follow and the government have even made a step-by-step programme to follow. Somebody should have told them that the Catholic Church weren’t pleased with it though so they came up with their own interpretation, and … Read more081. Ensure that RSE is standardised

079. Do not allow external agencies teach RSE

Teachers are qualified to teacher 11 subjects and are expected to do so fully, except for one: the Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum, which is part of SPHE. For some peculiar reason, hundreds of teachers give up their classrooms for what is colloquially called “The Talk” and some outside speaker comes into the classroom to … Read more079. Do not allow external agencies teach RSE

076. Scrap privately run online summer courses

Every year there’s a load of interest from teachers when the summer courses come along. Teachers can choose to do face-to-face courses and online courses. For those of you not in the know, apart from the professional development that a teacher gains from doing these courses, there’s an added incentive: when one completes a summer … Read more076. Scrap privately run online summer courses

052. Have specialised qualifications for Infant teachers

Sometimes it’s good to change a long held tradition. Anyone working in infant classes will see that their job is completely different to that of someone in another class. The way the curriculum is going, with Aistear encompassing much of what infant teachers do these days, is it time to simply use infants as a … Read more052. Have specialised qualifications for Infant teachers

023. The DES should develop curriculum content

Ireland is a funny country. The Department of Education has a large selection of quangos that do loads of different jobs but none of them make curriculum content. If an Irish teacher is looking for an ICT resource to compliment a lesson, it’s almost certain  that the teacher will visit a different country’s content and … Read more023. The DES should develop curriculum content

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