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ERIC Number: EJ1054696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0332 3315
1831-2014: An Opportunity to Get It Right This Time? Some Thoughts on the Current Debate on Patronage and Religious Education in Irish Primary Schools
O'Toole, Barbara
Irish Educational Studies, v34 n1 p89-102 2015
The 2011 "Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector" presented Ireland with an opportunity to rethink the issue of patronage in Irish primary schools, as well as to consider how "religious education" might be approached in such schools in the future. This paper suggests that, for the first time since 1831, Ireland had an opportunity to provide "state schooling" for all children, regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. The paper proposes educating "all" children in the state in non-denominational secular settings, leaving faith formation to the private domain of parents and communities. Although the concept of "secularism" has negative connotations for those who belong to a religious community, this paper suggests that it provides a framework for inclusive and egalitarian education, offering children and young people the opportunity to learn alongside their peers, irrespective of religious backgrounds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland