Our Education Minister Caitriona Ruane's mantra is that selection post 2009 will be on the basis of ‘family, geography and criteria relating to social disadvantage’.
That is a bit like telling somebody who is unfamiliar with a car that driving is a matter of operating the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals, pointing out which pedal is which and then
not explaining what effect each pedal has on the operation of the car.
Given the performance of the Education Minister to date, I have little doubt that there is a steering wheel somewhere representing another crucial, but undisclosed piece, of information.
And by the way, you have to start the engine and there are also a whole bunch of road traffic laws you have to obey.
What the Minister has given us so far is data but what we need is information.
If she delves back into her own education she will realise that the former cannot be considered to be the latter without the interpretation.
Don't tell us the top speed, the number of doors and how green it is — give us the handbook.