David McWilliams: Third-level education is yesterday’s idea

Education is no longer about credentials. It’s about attitude and willingness to keep learning

 Students checking the CAO first round offers. The great Irish CAO hysteria may be misplaced given the ongoing democratisation of knowledge. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Students checking the CAO first round offers. The great Irish CAO hysteria may be misplaced given the ongoing democratisation of knowledge. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Our family is not good at filling out forms. It’s just not our thing. Life would be easier if we had an enthusiastic stenographer in the tribe – someone who loves a form and a deadline – but such a creature doesn’t exist in our immediate bloodline.

Every engagement with bureaucracy appears to be last-minute, and consequently, stressful. This leads to intense – but blissfully short and ultimately entirely inconsequential – arguments about why we aren’t more organised.

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