In a week when the Irish Times carried reports complaining about the dumbing down of Leaving Cert maths the paper itself provided us with some beauties. An article yesterday by a former head of the School of Education at UCD informs us that “nine per cent of academics at professor level were male and 2 per cent were female”. What about the other 89 (or 77 or 61 or whatever it is)?
Last Saturday’s paper carried a report on ESRI work on overqualified workers. The author revealed himself to hold a masters degree from UCD. The piece (clearly not quoting directly from the ESRI) tells us that “adults whose highest educational attainment is the Leaving Cert earn 31 per cent less on average than those with a higher certificate or ordinary degree, and 100 per cent less than graduates with an honours degree”. I’m sure we all sympathise with how tough it must be to make ends meet on the latter salary.
Even some of their commentators on economics seem to think that a 200 per cent increase means that the thing has doubled. But it could be worse: imagine a 200 per cent decrease.