Rote learning: Without subject-specific facts committed to long-term memory, higher-order thinking is not possible.

Complaints that the Leaving Cert focuses too much on rote learning and not enough on higher-order thinking surface at this time every year. There is (...)

  Some 400 hours  are to be dedicated to a new subject called ‘wellbeing’, in contrast to 240 hours for maths. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Pisa, the OECD summary of how well 15 year olds perform in science, maths and reading, has found that enquiry-based learning does not result in higher(...)