You don’t exist just ‘to be useful’, President tells young philosophers

Lauren Doyle (16) receives this year’s Irish Young Philosopher Award from Michael D Higgins

Mount Sackville Secondary School student Lauren Doyle (16), the  overall winner of the Irish Young Philosopher Awards,   with President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins at UCD’s O’Reilly Hall. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography

Mount Sackville Secondary School student Lauren Doyle (16), the overall winner of the Irish Young Philosopher Awards, with President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins at UCD’s O’Reilly Hall. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography

Ireland needs to guard against a reengineering of the education system under the assumption that “we exist to be made useful”, President Michael D Higgins has said.

Attending the Irish Young Philosopher Awards 2019 at UCD’s O’Reilly Hall, the President said “talk of a knowledge society and the demand to enable our young people to meet its needs has at times in the discourse on education, come to dominate our view as to the ultimate aim of a secondary school education. We need to be careful”.

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