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BAPTISM BARRIER – WHO WINS & WHO LOSES?

The removal of the Baptism Barrier from Catholic Schools has been met with the usual reactions from the usual parties. However, who are the real winners and losers if this decision comes through? WINNERS: Protestant Schools/Church Whatever their denomination of protestantism, the big winners in this debacle are members of this Church. These schools can continue to give privilege to people of their own faith. As there are very few pockets of the country where there isn’t a Protestant school, no matter Read More...

If you’re explaining you’re losing….

Richard Bruton attempting to explain why minority faiths need to be protected by state funded schools. The logic seems so patronising. It almost feels like religions are endangered species and schools are like zoos and the Irish government are some sort of foundation for endangered people making sure they never mix with other people for fear of cross contamination. Schools can’t be enclosures or ghettos for any breeds or creeds. If people want to protect their faith or ethos, Read More...

Summer Course Guide 2017

Every year, Anseo.net looks at the offerings from the summer course guide and we pick out a number of courses that capture our imagination. With so many independent providers of summer courses these days, it can be difficult to find the course that suits you best. We’re judging courses by their titles so we might miss a few decent ones but see what you think from our list of recommended courses. When you look at the list, you might think that every course Read More...

Droichead is back but have too many bridges been burned?

Droichead 2.0 arrived today and the INTO almost immediately lifted the directive against cooperation. It’s obvious that the INTO aren’t knee-jerking in their reaction. They have known about this for months. It raises the question about the involvement of the INTO in the Teaching Council. I don’t believe unions have any place in the Teaching Council. They should be outside of the Council and fighting for teachers’ rights from that perspective. Given the timing of the Teaching Council announcement and Read More...

Final Thoughts from INTO Presidential Candidates

Gregor Kerr Members have a choice. They can vote for more of the same, for the status quo. Or they can vote for Change and Empowerment.   I am not promising that a Vote for me will change things overnight but I am inviting union members to vote for me and to work with me to bring about the type of change we want, to ensure that the idea that We Are The Union can become a reality. If elected I will Read More...

Do the candidates have opinion on other initiatives?

Apart from the few government initiatives mentioned in the last few days, what do our two candidates think about some of the other things that have been launched into schools? John Boyle Initiatives such as healthy eating, active schools, green schools, internet safety, anti-bullying are all worthwhile but increasingly schools are expected to take the place of the home in teaching children values and lifeskills. Yet as responsibility grows and pressure to take on extra work increase schools have less support and Read More...

On coding in schools

Gregor Kerr How many times has the Minister announced Coding as his big new idea? I’ve lost count. But he seems to think if he just announces it enough times it will happen – nothing about the training necessary, nothing about the equipment necessary, nothing about the infrastructure such as wifi. And absolutely nothing useful about how Coding can and should become integrated into the Curriculum. Yes, I would love to see Coding developed but right now we should be saying Read More...

On the New Primary Curriculum

John Boyle Our 1999 Curriculum is now one of the oldest in Europe. I welcome the fact that the revisions will be introduced over a long period with the curriculum not expected to be fully implemented in senior classes until 2020. But I also have quite a number of concerns about the new language curriculum – not least of which are: (i) the prevalence of super-sized classes in many schools. (ii) The additional workload expected at a time when school middle management teams Read More...

On Cosán: INTO Presidential Interview

Gregor Kerr As a member of the Teaching Council I will be watching this one very closely. Teachers are continuously upskilling, they do not need to be forced into completing CPD. Teachers themselves know what CPD they need and when they need it. Current provisions work well. The INTO must oppose any attempt to make re-registration with the Teaching Council dependent on completing CPD. And teachers must not have to pay for CPD – either financially or in terms of a Read More...

On Droichead

Readers of Anseo.net will know of my own stance on Droichead, which I’ve been campaigning against for a couple of years. One of my big criticisms of Droichead has been the INTO’s strange decision to support it. What are the candidates’ opinions on Droichead? Note: At the time of writing this article, The Teaching Council had not published their latest policy of Droichead. Most people believe that there will no longer be a requirement for an evaluation of a teacher’s first Read More...

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