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Education news! December 9, 2019

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The news, reported in the IT, about ‘progression rates’ of Leaving Cert students is perhaps predictable. Not least in the gap between those from ‘more deprived’ areas and ‘more affluent areas’, Sith, for example 90-100% take up rates in Dublin 2, Dublin 6 and Dublin 4 as against 15% in Dublin 17.

But, wait a moment. Some while ago in the IT there were those who argued that middle class participation in education and after was a function of cognitive ability. I’m not convinced, but they might note that it is very very possible to bridge that gap. How so?

Schools designated as disadvantaged – or Deis – receive extra resources to help overcome education deficits.
Overall, our figures show about 57 per cent of pupils in these 191 schools go on to higher education. These rates have not shifted much since 2013.
However, when we break down the figures to see which are the most improved individual schools over recent years, a great deal of them are in the Deis category. For example, Adamstown Vocational Colleges in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, a Deis school, has seen its third-level progression rates jump almost 50 per cent in the past six years.

So, make the effort and the results will flow. BTW, I’m all for a rebalancing of the education system with more across the classes going in different directions other than university or colleges, but until that happy day dawns it is probably no harm to break down pernicious attitudes, perceptions and barriers to every child having that opportunity offered to them.

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1. tdf - December 10, 2019

“BTW, I’m all for a rebalancing of the education system with more across the classes going in different directions other than university or colleges,”

Many do already. Brickies, electricians, etc. You won’t read about that in the likes of the Irish Times though. It has always been, at best, a bourgeois establishment newspaper. I am surprised that it even features on a blog which claims to be of the left, frankly. I cannot recall the Irish Times publishing any left wing viewpoint since the death of Dick Walsh.

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