I've always had racist shit said when I was in Irish Schools because of my Greek heritage. Its funny because a couple of times over the last year in Essex I've gotten comments about being Irish and how "laid back" we all are over there.
Day before yesterday the fiancée was in school and got a comment about how "good it will look on her CV to have been teaching in an English School" when we go back to Ireland and how we will teach them how to be "hard working".
I know it's not a malicious thing, just an ignorant stereotyping thing but Ireland is in the top ten for English literacy in Europe, top five for maths. While in contrast to that, and the UK is in the low twenties (out of 28 countries) respectively.*
This isn't me saying the UK kids are on average stupid by the way, the real problem is actually entirely bureaucratic, with more and more contact time taken from teachers here and fed to the OFSTED machine, less then an third of their job is actually teaching now. But it's incidental to the point at hand:
Its the assumption that schools back in Ireland must be so bad what with the lack of electricity and the huffing Poitín fumes all day that really gets my goat. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24433320