Philosophers and entrepreneurs are both neglected, it appears. Now both are demanding due recognition in our education system as pivotal elements of t(...)

A statue of Socrates in Athens: the philosopher  was a “midwife” to the truth. Teachers must interrogate pupils’ standpoints and create critical thinking

We’re only about 2,500 years behind the Greeks but Philosophy is finally making it on to the school curriculum. The National Council for Curriculum an(...)

UCC academics Prof Áine Hyland and Prof Brian Bocking believe Ireland “is in a process of erratic and unpredictable transition”  and religious and secular interests are “seemingly clashing head-on”. Photograph: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

The quality of religious education (RE) in Irish schools deserves much closer scrutiny with many pupils and teachers regarding it as a “doss” subject(...)

The genetics question was unusual, as birds were used in the example. Bird chromosomes are the opposite way around to other species. File photograph:  Bob Winters/AFP

It was a challenging day for students of biology who emerged from the higher level paper complaining of difficult and, at times, old-fashioned questio(...)

Aselection of handwritten letters and postcards written to Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. Photograph:  Leon Neal /Getty Images

  The Junior Cert business syllabus needs an update, according to teachers. Higher-level business students sat two papers, while ordinary-(...)

The NIC pilot in action: Coláiste Mhicíl students Aaron Blackhall, Andrew Quinn, Jakub Kaczmarek and Alex Hartlep

A boat that “raises all tides” is how one secondary school principal describes an innovative programme aimed at enhancing student engagement by giv(...)

Sinéad O’Sullivan tutors second-year students in digital media literacy in Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is Wednesday afternoon in Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore. There is a man in reception talking about robots. He has one in his bag to show som(...)

The conferences of the INTO, ASTI and TUI are a barometer for the state of our education system. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Every Easter, the Dáil goes on holidays and another forum takes centre-stage in debating the affairs of the State. Over four days, the conferences of (...)

‘Farm Walk and Talk’ initiative has been organised by Agri Aware. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 2,500 secondary school students will visit farms run by Teagasc this week in an initiative aimed at giving them a taste of farming. The &(...)

The Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has already watered down the plan of her predecessor Ruairí Quinn, proposing just 40 per cent of the new junior cycle certificate would come from school-based assessment. Photograph: Eric Luke 1:37

The decision of Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to push ahead with junior cycle reform without the agreement of teachers may seem drastic. But i(...)