Everything is academic? Not when it comes to life in its entirety
Alan Whelan is quite right when he says that research in England has consistently shown that “girls do better in single-sex schools and boys do better in co-educational schools” (Irish Independent, Letters, 26 April).
However, academic success is only one measure of success.
Family breakdown, domestic violence, and pursuits that exclusively favor the self are unlikely to be measured in these surveys for obvious reasons.
As a wise man once remarked, one of the biggest mistakes we make in life is assuming that because it’s always been done a certain way, that’s how it should be. always be done.
Tom McElligott, Listowel, County Kerry
Boy-only education made me curious about the opposite sex
I read with great interest Dearbhla Crosse’s comment, “If we are serious about tackling sexism in all its forms, gay schools are a thing of the past” (Irish IndependentApril 23).
First of all, I realize that Dearbhla is much younger than me, and her experience in a girl’s boarding school in general would have been much happier and a far cry from mine in a boy’s boarding school in the 1960s. But as Dearbhla writes: “Separating girls and boys is not only unrealistic, but creates a puff version of the world.”
When I left my boys’ boarding school, I wondered who these different, wonderful creatures were on the outside, and if we could hope to interact with them.
Brian McDevitt, Glenties, County Donegal
Greens score own goals with disorganized planning
As an eco-green person, I’m struck by the fact that the Greens and the councils are scoring own goals to beat the group.
Councils rely on business rates to fund their operations, but when there are no more businesses, who do they turn to?
In their zeal to be cyclist-friendly in the capital, they have caused pollution by creating one-day traffic jams in areas such as Capel Street, Kill Lane in Foxrock, Dublin Quays and Dún Laoghaire, so much so that people have given up visiting these regions.
“Use public transport”, say the fanatics, but public transport is also congested with cycle paths. In years to come, we may have people who know how to plan traffic and businesses, but today’s planners, in my opinion, are undermining cities with their poorly thought out plans.
Brendan Lynch, Bray, County Wicklow
Speed cameras are welcome, but the country needs more
I may be in the minority, but I welcome the new medium speed cameras that have been installed in Tipperary and are being rolled out across the country.
May I suggest that the M50 and the section of the M1 between Dublin Airport and the Port Tunnel are the next sections considered? May I also suggest that highway gantries periodically display a message that 80/100/120kmh signs are a limit, not a target?
Paul Kennedy, Dublin
If only we had embraced the same urgency on housing
It is amazing how urgently our government has embraced finding housing for Ukrainian refugees.
I have no problem with that. However, it is a shame that the same urgency has not been adopted before in the fight against the housing crisis.
Tom Mitchell, Loughrea, County Galway
A perfect swansong to sum up Johnson’s legacy of lying
I wish to suggest that an appropriate political epitaph for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, when the time comes, would be: ‘It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to’.
Leo Gormley, Dundalk, County Louth
Groping at Putin won’t work, so we have to oppose him
Everything Robert Sullivan and Eoin Clancy Want (Irish IndependentLetters, April 25) is for us in the European Union to bow down to Vladimir Putin and beg him to withdraw from Ukraine and stop doing major damage there.
The chances of us succeeding with such requests are quite slim.
Abandoning Ukraine to Putin’s depredations is not a good option, so we in the EU are forced to oppose him and the consequences of his war.
Anthony Leavy, Sutton, Dublin 13