Friday, 11 April 2014

Irish Schools focus purely on academia - what about other skills?

“Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them.”

A novel written in the 19th century, scarily things are the same a hundred and twenty years on. Schools now tend to focus on English, Maths, Irish and then four to five other subjects yet nothing prepares young people for the savage side society comes out with. There should be as much time on encouraging people to

-Network with other people
-Cognitive behavioural therapy
-Develop empathy
-Good emotional intelligence

Rather than creating an automoton , then again perhaps the status quo may find this goes against them....


  1. Completely agree but would also add the trade skills. Good electricians, plumbers carpenters are rare.

  2. Hi pippakin! Good point..there are some of these thought but they should be certified electricians etc when they come out of school!