The return to school: Irish students through the years (infographic)

26 Aug 2015

Ah, your schooldays, the best days of your life, so we’re always told anyway.

And through the mist of nostalgia it’s fair to say that most of us probably look back on our days in school and enjoy some fond memories of when we used to return to school after the summer.

Those of us in our 20s and 30s will remember the faraway days of dial-up internet and having one clunky computer in the whole school, and when the highlight of any school day was when the television was rolled into the classroom so you could watch a video.

As schoolchildren all over the country prepare to return to school in coming days we reflect on how things have changed.

Nowadays most kids, even many primary school ones, have smartphones, and iPads are commonly used in schools, with some primary schoolchildren even learning how to produce wearable technology.

Of course, whether kids today are better or worse off is something that’s always debated, but it’s certainly true that for schoolkids a lot has changed in a relatively short space of time.

Check out this infographic from BuyBooks, which highlights some of the differences between schoolchildren that return to school now and schoolkids in decades gone by…

The return to school

Return to school

Main image via Shutterstock

Brigid O Gorman
By Brigid O Gorman

Brigid O Gorman joined Silicon Republic in April 2015 from a background working in national media in Ireland and Australia, and served as the site’s sub-editor until September 2016. Brigid has worked as a writer, social media manager and sub-editor and, when not agonising about ill-used apostrophes and misplaced commas, she likes to get out in the fresh air for a run, eat nice food, drink good wine and watch bad television.

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