ERIC Number: EJ1103414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Education in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement: Kabuki Theatre Meets "Danse Macabre"
Oxford Review of Education, v42 n3 p346-361 2016
The Good Friday Agreement (1998) between the UK and Irish governments, and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, heralded a significant step forward in securing peace and stability for this troubled region of the British Isles. From the new-found stability, the previous fits and starts of education reform were replaced by a determination for modernisation and innovation, infused with a new energy and momentum. This sense of purpose embraced a complex weave of ideas and ideals; all designed variously to smooth, celebrate and harness community differences for the collective good. Much progress has been made in the intervening years since 1998, particularly in political structures and relationships. However, the euphoria of the new dawn of the Agreement had barely begun to shape the future before entrenched "tribal" tensions reproduced the same political and legislative impasses of former years and visited their all-too-familiar blight on the economic, cultural and educational landscapes. This paper focuses on two signature dimensions of education that have been sustained by this partisanship: segregation by religion and segregation by academic selection.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Treaties, Educational Discrimination, Religion, Catholics, Protestants, Selective Admission, Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Parochial Schools, Catholic Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)