Articles on Secular V Religion in Education: Primary & Secondary Schools in Ireland
Issues concerning religion in schools are a regular part of mainstream media coverage. The section of our website catalogues background articles from newspapers, TV, web and other media concerning secular issues and religion in schools in Ireland and around the world. Atheist Ireland campaigns for education where the rights of ALL children and their parents are respected equally. The history of Irish education and its model of school patronage system for primary and secondary schools in Ireland guarantees that only some parents and their children achieve this right. It is impractical in most of Ireland that every community can have a separate school for each religion and for non-religious. In addition the history of Ireland gives us an abject lesson in that dividing our communities and their facilities up along sectarian lines only leads to discrimination and deeper civil problems. We need to remove discrimination and rebuild respect for human rights in our society from the ground up, starting in our schools so that future generations can avoid many of the divisive sectarian and authoritarian problems that had defined Ireland in the twentieth and early twenty first century.
Organisation such as the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission are covering education issues such as discrimination on admissions based on religious (and non-religious) grounds, integration of religious materials into all areas of primary education (as required by Rule 68) as well as exemptions for certain institutions, such as schools, from equal opportunities and freedom from discrimination in employment legislation.
These are only a small subset of the information available from Irish media, but we hope you find this information useful. You can find further information at our sister website Atheist.ie.
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