A recent study has today revealed that a large amount of leaving certificate students are still convinced that the state exams are in some way valuable to their personal and professional lives.
The worrying report has been released as many students around the country sit their mock exams. The study showed that 78% of leaving certificate students “strongly believe that the exams are very important“, when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.
The leaving certificate is one of the world’s most elaborate, boring and unnecessary memory tests, that helps destroy a student’s interest in learning and develops massive levels of stress and psychological complexes about never being good enough.
Large numbers of students believe it is important and Donal O’Logic, who heading up the research explains why:
Students are indoctrinated for years about the importance of the Leaving Cert, even though it’s mainly a waste of time that leaves students with no discernible skills at all. The main thing students learn is how to be obedient and how to conform. If anything, the state exams encourage selfishness, individualism and a lack of empathy for others – all the character traits we see in the banking sector and they destroyed the Irish economy.”
Donal commented further saying that is was an impressive feat of persuasion from the education system to still have so many young people convinced of its importance, “especially when you take into consideration the mental health issues it causes and the crippling damage the heavy bags do to a person’s spine.”.
Students are reminded that they don’t need a huge number of points to emigrate and that in some countries around the world, the emigration process doesn’t even take into consideration a students leaving certificate points, Shakespeare quotes or ability to recite mathematical theorems.
Students would benefit more by dropping out at 14 and taking up a JobBridge offer, as by the time they are 21, they should have completed enough internships to secure employment, when their friends will only be beginning theirs.