How many times have you said to yourself, "If I were the Minister for Education…?" Well I do! Rather than grumble to myself, I decided to podcast my thoughts on ways I'd change the primary education system in Ireland. Every episode I'll take on a different theme, give some background and hopefully come to some conclusions by the end.
Episode 083: Scrap the Catholic Religious Certificate
Join me as I tackle a question that I feel we should be asking more often: Is the Catholic Certificate in Religious Education discriminatory? Following on from Peter Maguire's excellent article on the subject, I dive into all sides of the debate, chatting about the contents of the certificate, the challenges it poses for non-Catholics, and the arguments for and against its requirement. Strap in for an honest, no-holds-barred conversation (with an alien) that'll hopefully make you rethink the education system and what I would do if I Were the Minister for Education.
Show notes, as always, on https://simonmlewis.medium.com
Episode 082: Solve the Teacher Shortage Crisis
There is an unprecedented shortage of primary school teachers in Ireland, according to an Irish Times article after a joint survey from the INTO, IPPN and CPSMA revealed there are over 800 teaching positions left unfilled at the moment and it’s due to get worse. So, where are all the teachers and what would I do if I were the Minister for Education?
Show notes: https://simonmlewis.medium.com
Interview 20: Dan Carroll, Clever.com
In this special interview with the co-founder of Clever.com, Dab Carroll, I talk about all things Clever but also about the US education system. We also discuss his thoughts on technology in education and how to best use it.
Clever.com is now available in Ireland so we talk about that decision too.
To sign up to Clever Go! go to: https://www.getclever.com/go/
The 50 most influential people in education — where are they now? (Part 2/5)
In this episode, I discuss the people that made it in 11th to 20th position in the Irish Times 2011 article and find out where they are now.
Show notes and links can be found on my Medium channel: https://simonmlewis.medium.com/the-50-most-influential-people-in-education-where-are-they-now-part-2-5-a2679e119641
Interview 19: Sarah Webb and Conor Bredin
Sarah Webb and Conor Bredin join me to discuss the fantastic Discover Irish Children's Books initiative (https://discoveririshkidsbooks.ie/)
Join us as we delve into the world of kids' books and make some recommendations for some Irish authors you may not know.
The 50 most influential people in education — where are they now? (Part 1/5)
Twelve years ago, the Irish Times published an article, out of the blue, which listed the top 50 most influential people in education. It was compiled over four weeks and the journalists stated that key figures (without naming them) were asked to compile their own lists confidentially. The names that featured were the most prominent on the lists. I thought it would be interesting to see where these people are now.
Show notes and blog article can be found here: https://simonmlewis.medium.com/the-50-most-influential-people-in-education-where-are-they-now-part-1-5-fdfc5ea80528
A great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about what is really happening in education in Ireland.
Simon shares his knowledge on all areas of education from the ineptitude of the so called support bodies to fantastic inisghts into the latest technology that can assist you as a teacher.
Keep up the good work Simon!