The Northern Ireland Curriculum deception

Pace N.Ireland Education Weblog

Some weeks ago  the education correspondent of the Irish News splashed the following damning headline on its front page: Primary school maths and English levels plummeting.

This serious accusation fits with a clear trend in the media’s approach to Northern Ireland’s schools.  It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a single media figure or politician prepared to praise our current education system.  Every commentator seems to portray our schools as underperforming and reluctant to “share” even as they face into an epidemic of “empty desks.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.

EngMaths LevelsIrish News

EngMaths LevelsIrish News2

There is little or no evidence offered in support of such claims and where evidence is offered – in the case of the Irish News article – it is based on what can only be described as misinformation.  If we are to avoid headlines which damage our aim to attract much-needed inward investment, the fourth…

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