Leaving The Leaving

Climbing out of the abyss – The Irish Times – Thu, Jun 11, 2009

I would disestablish the Leaving Cert. We may look at the builders and say how disgraceful they were, or, in days gone by, the publicans, who were viewed as having licences to print money . . .But the middle classes have forged themselves licences to print money, in all the professions, in pharmacy, law, medicine . . . In all of them, you get your child seven As and off they go. And for somebody aged 15, 16, or 17, that their idea of success is to get enough points to get into one of these professions, where theyre going to rip off and condescend to the rest of the population for the rest of their lives, is a disgrace.

Wowsers, I think Anne Enright is on to something here.

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