Recently, Oireachtas Éireann set up a committee to investigate the effectiveness of homework for children. Dr David Carey, who is a Child Psychologist with over 25 years of experience, has said that there is little need for homework. Some believe that homework is detrimental to young children and should not be given. Dr. Carey has stated that “The research seems to indicate it doesn’t really consolidate learning. When children aren’t given homework, they don’t learn at a slower pace than when they are given homework,” (McMahon, A. 2018) He also exclaims that it puts the whole family under stress as the work has to be completed for the next day and can make parents anxious. Families can struggle to allocate their time to ensure that homework is correct and completed. Many parents have fulltime jobs and may not have the patience to check on their child’s progress. However, if time can be spared, it is a great tool for parents to engage with their children.
Geraldine Tuohy, who is a primary school teacher for over 8 years believes that homework could be replaced for a more enjoyable alternative using games. She says, “parents and children alike should be encouraged to take up some board games both as socialisation tool and also for critical thinking and numeracy skills,” (McMahon, A. 2018) This could benefit both parents and children as some parents don’t spend as much time with their children as they should due to issues such as busy schedules and working hours. This could also give parents more confidence in their parenting capabilities, especially if they’re young.
Children who are successful in early education have a wider variety of opportunities presented to them. A study issued in Tennessee, aimed to estimate the future earnings based on children’s pre-school assessment results. It also aimed to determine if those pupils would end up attending college. It found out that children in smaller sized classes were more successful. Among its other findings, the team uncovered that pupils who were thought by a pre-school teacher with over 10 years of experience earned $1,093 more on average, at the age of 27. (Chetty, R.pp.1593-1660) Parents should be as involved as possible with their children’s education as it can determine where they will end up working or which college or university they will study in after secondary school. A better income means a better standard of living and then a good childhood education for their offspring.
Data privacy is a very sensitive issue that must be considered before we begin storing private information. People have many concerns about the effectiveness of modern security as frequently news of large quantities of data are being compromised from the largest businesses worldwide. Customer data should be kept confidential always. Data should only be stored with that person’s consent, and afterwards should be kept private. Data must not be disclosed to other individuals about your other clients. Our consumers should not be hesitant to give required information while weary of a future cyber-attack or data leak. Data should be secured, and customers should be assured that it is stored safely and securely by effective security measures.
With many corporations now monetizing data we should not share data unless it is with the owner’s consent. When viewing our system, visitors have the right to reject the usage of cookies and other data monitoring methods. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) issued the Data Protection Act 2018 and we must abide by its regulations and legislation. It changes how businesses can handle consumer data and requires a higher standard of data security. If there is a breach in data protection rights, then the consumer or party can choose to sue for damages. (Data Protection Commission, 2018)
ETHICALLY RELATED ISSUES
The Department of Education has stated numerous difficulties that pose as challenges for the education system in Ireland moving forward. These include:
- “One in ten children have serious literacy difficulties.
- One in three children in disadvantaged areas have serious literacy difficulties.
- Literacy skills have not improved in 30 years, according to the National Assessments.” (Department of Education and Science Inspectorate, 2011)
Taking the first bullet point above, an article from The Journal stated that one in every ten primary school students leave First-level education with extreme difficulties with reading and writing. While in disadvantaged places, this number rises to one in every three pupils. (Barry, A. 2014)
These are some hurdles that need to be solved so children can move forward into secondlevel education much more confident. According to an article issued by the Irish Examiner, it was stated that 800,000 people in the country have issues with literacy after they have left education. Approximately 25% of young people were unable to read a fuel gauge or follow coherent written instructions on a medicinal container. (Ring, E. 2017)
These challenges begin to affect pupils from a young age, and unless solved while the individual is young and still in education, then these obstacles evolve into severe difficulties that persist into second-level and beyond, possibly even to adulthood.
It is always easier to learn in our mother tongue for better understanding. Multilingual education system uses two or more languages to teach and education the students. The same technique is implemented in e-learning multilingual education. Due to large development in internet and media, people from all over the world, can communication with each other with ease and convenient.
In future, if we are trying to expand our business outside of Ireland, it would be better to design our content in different languages. This advantage can lead students globally to use our e-learning platform, so rather than a normal e-learning website, designing a multilingual e-learning website is of more advantages. As a result, multi-language e-learning provides a solution by teaching the students in their own mother tongue along with other languages for better understanding. It also helps in break the language barrier because many students must have studied their subjects in their own language and when going to do their higher education, it can happen for them to get admission in different school with different language of instruction which in turn can make their studies much difficult. In this type of situation, multi-language e learning can be very much useful. Moreover, even businesses using multilanguage website to make it comfortable for the customer to read the content in their own convenient language.
In today’s day and age, electronic equipment has a very low lifespan which leads to a lot of devices becoming redundant very fast. “Electronic waste or e-waste may be defined as discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets, and refrigerators” (Electronic Waste, 2019). Any of these devices considered to be faulty, broken or just not used anymore can be recycled and repaired or salvaged. We plan to donate these devices from our company loaded with our software to schools and community centres around the country. Doing this will be beneficial for everyone including the environment and at very little cost while also spreading word of our software nationwide.
Another question we sent around the classroom on our survey was “Do you own any unused electronic devices at home?”. While conducting this research we discovered a lot of people had old devices lying around the house, approx. 83% surprisingly enough. These results staggered us, we decided to research into this further to discover dumping electronic waste into landfills is in fact a major issue in Ireland. Its noticeable to see while technology continues to rise e-waste will continue to follow, recycling is our best solution. According to the global e-waste the graph below displays the estimated volume of e-waste generated worldwide from 2010-2018.
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
WEEE is a non-profit organisation set up by the EU in 2005 that was introduced so consumers can return there WEEE certified electrical equipment free of charge. The aim of this scheme was to encourage the reuse of old electronic equipment once the problem came into arise. As of now “The EU currently produces 10 million tonnes of electronic waste each year with 93,000 tonnes coming from Ireland” (Ryan, 2019) typically due to people throwing devices in the trash. Although during the first 10 years since the WEEE scheme was introduced to Ireland, we recycled roughly 300,000 tonnes of waste. This proves it should not be difficult receiving donations of used electronic devices.