Rock Boy Quinn’s Report Card

Ruairi Quinn is from Sydney Parade Avenue east of the railway line.His old man Malachi was a nice guy when I knew him. His brother Declan is a doctor – a TCD graduate. I remember Ruairi in the 1968 UCD student gentle rebellion but I disagree with him about Garret’s role at that time. I thought that Garret talked the students down by giving a very long speech in the Great Hall if I remember rightly.

Anyway – he was a excellent Finance Minister in the Rainbow government and was unlucky as Labour Leader to run into the Bertie storm

Now he has been excellent so far.

I have confidence in him as Education Minister. His interview two weeks ago with Mark Coleman was excellent displaying clarity and competence on the issue of patronage of schools.

His view on fees at third level have been revealed now. He should have been more honest prior to the election.

His target to transform the standards of Irish children in numeracy and literacy meet with my 100% approval. Quinn displays that he is an empiricist and will take steps to rectify a national education standard that is falling. That is his nature and record. I will continue with Katherine Donnelly’s report on the Quinn Objectives

By Katherine Donnelly
Saturday July 09 2011
PRIMARY pupils are to spend more time on reading and maths as part of a new strategy to raise literacy and numeracy standards.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn yesterday unveiled plans designed to transform the “average” ranking of Irish 15-year-olds in basic skills.
Maths has been a weak point for years, while a plunge in the performance of Irish students in the international OECD PISA reading test, and recent Department of Education inspector reports highlighting poor teaching practice in some primary classrooms have also given causes for concern.
The new National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy includes a greater focus on teacher quality and more assessments of students to measure standards.
The reporting arrangements to parents and school boards of management about how children fare in those assessments will also be strengthened.
As well as giving more time for literacy, there will also be changes to how English is taught in primary schools, and, in the case of Irish-language schools, how Irish is taught.
The plan, which will cost about €19m — most of it in teacher training — sets targets to boost student performance by 2020.
It received a general welcome, but teacher unions warned its success would depend on resources.
Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) general secretary Sheila Nunan said: “You cannot demand higher standards and then cut teacher numbers, reduce funding, decrease supports for special needs and disadvantaged children and increase class size.”
– Katherine Donnelly