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If anyone’s looking for me next week….ILLEGAL TRADE IN SUBS AS SHORTAGE THREATENS ATTENDANCE AT IPNP CONFERENCE Once again, there are panic stations in schools across the country as the continuing substitute crisis threatens to jeopardize many principals’ attendance at the annual IPNP (Irish Principals’ National Piss-up) conference. The conference which will take place next week provides primary principals with an opportunity to attend CPD, network and engage in marathon sessions lasting up to three days. Class Action News spoke to Claire Fitzmaurice, a teaching principal from Sligo who told us how she had booked a substitute teacher in early October, “I didn’t leave anything to chance so I couldn’t believe it when I got a call last week – the wench let me down. Off to Dubai with the boyfriend, not a thought in the world for me. And after all I’ve done for that one. Well if she thinks she’ll get a reference from me she’s got another think coming.” Claire admitted she’d stop at nothing to ensure her attendance at the conference. “I won’t mention any names here but I know someone who knows someone whose first cousin went out with the second cousin of my cousin’s friend’s sister and it turned out this recently qualified teacher had shifted the fiancé of her best friend’s brother’s mate’s third cousin. Anyway information is currency in the sub market and I managed to persuade this one that if she covers for me, I’ll be happy to cover for her”. Brian Feeny from Galway told us how he’d been doing Dry January since early December in preparation for the event. “The old Pats’ crowd are meeting up in Quinn’s on Wednesday evening and we’ll take it from there. Who knows we might get a seminar or two in by Friday afternoon. I’m telling ye, the leadership path is a tough aul station, who knows what we’ll encounter on the way. But we’ll definitely be there by Friday evening, I wouldn’t miss it for all the subs in Ireland.” Speaking of all the subs in Ireland, Bridie Cullinan from Cork confided that she’d triple-booked her replacement, “to be sure to be sure, to be sure.” She told us how she’d nearly missed the conference last year and wasn’t going to risk that again. “Sure if they all turn up, I’ll auction them off to one of the other schools on WhatsApp, there’s sure to be a roaring trade in subs next week.” © Class Action News, January 2019 See MoreSee Less

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I wonder do nurses have ditto.

3 days ago

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Children who own mobile phones at age nine ‘perform less well’ in academic tests. #edchatie

This must be one of those headlines that anyone with an pre-disposed agenda will be delighted with to back up their argument. The Daily Mail will no doubt plaster it on their front page in line with their baffling campaign to stop young people using mobile devices. Others will use it to prove that technology has a detrimental effect on education. Some will even use it to justify why they bought their child a smartphone when they turned nine.

For what it’s worth, I wonder whether the two pieces of data can be correlated in isolation. To me, it is obvious that buying my child a Smartphone at the age of nine would be detrimental. However, from the amount of advertisements I saw promoting a Smartphone as a good Communion present, I suspect that it isn’t obvious to everyone. We then have to look into what are the children actually doing on these devices. I imagine having this data would be much more important. If a child was doing educational stuff on their device as opposed to snapchatting selfies, I would guess the outcomes might be different.

Children need to use technology well as early as possible. Using anything badly will have detrimental effects. Rather than blaming the tool, it’s time to examine what the tool can do, both good and bad, and then make proper well-research judgments.

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Children who own mobile phones at age nine perform less well in academic tests. #edchatie

This must be one of those headlines that anyone with an pre-disposed agenda will be delighted with to back up their argument. The Daily Mail will no doubt plaster it on their front page in line with their baffling campaign to stop young people using mobile devices. Others will use it to prove that technology has a detrimental effect on education. Some will even use it to justify why they bought their child a smartphone when they turned nine.

For what its worth, I wonder whether the two pieces of data can be correlated in isolation. To me, it is obvious that buying my child a Smartphone at the age of nine would be detrimental. However, from the amount of advertisements I saw promoting a Smartphone as a good Communion present, I suspect that it isnt obvious to everyone. We then have to look into what are the children actually doing on these devices. I imagine having this data would be much more important. If a child was doing educational stuff on their device as opposed to snapchatting selfies, I would guess the outcomes might be different. 

Children need to use technology well as early as possible. Using anything badly will have detrimental effects. Rather than blaming the tool, its time to examine what the tool can do, both good and bad, and then make proper well-research judgments.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/children-who-own-mobile-phones-at-age-nine-perform-less-well-in-academic-tests-1.3758724

 

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I am sure that the schools are to blame!

The degree of difference is tiny – just 4%. Can we really attribute cause to such a small difference?

4 days ago

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Assistant General Secretary job is up for grabs. Anyone know what happened? #edchatie See MoreSee Less

Assistant General Secretary job is up for grabs. Anyone know what happened? #edchatie

 

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Retirement, probably.

Maybe the person has principles, was fed up of the Union's complicity in the destruction of the education system & John Boyle's election as GS was the last straw? Just a guess.....๐Ÿค”

The fact she didn't get the main job?

Thinking of a career change Simon!!?๐Ÿ˜‰

Isn't Anne McAlduff retiring?

Changing of the guard.....

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