Up to about 10 years ago Ireland had a real chance of becoming a true knowledge economy. We produced huge numbers of graduates in science, technology and engineering (STE) from third level institutions that, while not world-leading, were doing a more than adequate job in terms of quality and employability. These graduates went on to staff, and in many cases create, leading edge knowledge-economy enterprises.
Make no mistake, the achievements were real, and we punched way, way above our weight. At one time we produced more software graduates than Germany (true!) and our software exports were the second highest in the world.
But as I showed in this post (more than two years ago, by the way) we, naturally enough, blew this unique opportunity. And our chances of recovering were dealt a further severe blow over the intervening period by allowing vast numbers of unskilled, non-English speaking immigrants into the country.
Their children are now feeding into our taxpayer-financed primary education sector. Add to these the numbers of students who were born outside the state. And the latter's numbers, according to today’s Irish Independent, amount to one in ten of the current pupil population. Given known demographics, this ratio will continue to rise – and rise rapidly. In some schools the junior infant intake class is 100% non-Irish!
To see the catastrophic impact of such developments in Ireland, check this post. Anyone who's been involved in whole-life education programmes, as I have, knows that ultimate success at second and even third level depends on the quality of primary schooling. So not alone are we, due to the financial crisis, cutting back on educational funding, we’re flooding the system with children who are severely disadvantaged from day one. Self-evidently, the ensuing problems will be reflected in the quality of education received by the rest of the student body.
Hence the cynical laugh when I hear Bryan Cowen fantasising about Ireland’s ‘knowledge economy’. Dream on, and fuck you and the rest of the political and multi-culty class that have ruined our childrens’ futures.
Speaking of which, as you'll see in the last link referred to above, white English-speaking parents are voting with their feet, and moving their children out of ‘diverse’ schooling environments. And they're using a publicly available site which identifies the relevant ratios. I wonder will this be closed down too, on the Stalinist basis that knowledge is dangerous? If not, this trend will in turn lead to de facto segregation, sink-hole schools and the possibility of a bussing-type ‘solution’ if the Victim Industry gets its way.
To Irish readers, just remember, we brought this on ourselves - we saw what happened everywhere else, but we still went ahead.