The Employability Paradigm Essays
Denis O’Sullivan’s Cultural Politics and Irish Education since the 1950’s (2006) makes the argument that early school leaving has traditionally been understood as a failure of the individual to succeed within mainstream schooling. This essay plans to outline and support O’Sullivan’s argument and also to show how the political and educational system in Ireland has created a criterion for success which guarantees a certain amount of failure.
O’Sullivan’s (2006) argues that the Employability Paradigm which emerged in the 1970’s served to distinguish a group of students who were not achieving the standard needed to guarantee employment. Employability is the assessment of those with the lowest chance of success …show more content…
The concept of employability also gave birth to the Europe wide Youth Employment Crisis (Korenman & Neumark 2000) which became part of the social discourse in this period. Although youth employment was fast becoming part of European policy and debate, within Ireland this crisis was unique. Emigration from Ireland during the 1950s had reached its highest level since the famine with half a million, mostly young, people leaving the country (Mac Einri 1997). This trend had slowed by the 1970s and, coupled with