Reforming Irish education: the challenge for the next minister
Spending more does not necessarily mean that schools become better; in fact they sometimes become worse. During the past decade
Britain increased school funding by 21 percent and the US by 37 percent, yet
standards slipped in both countries. In Ireland’s case the bad outcome is even more dramatic. In the past decade funding
per student  was increased in real terms by 61 percent
yet performance decreased by 15 percent. This disconcerting news was further reinforced before Christmas when the international ranking for Ireland’s
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