Gearoid O Bradaigh: We need to cut out social apartheid in our schools
Published 11/01/2011 | 05:00
AFTER more than 40 years of free education, isn't it incredible that we are still playing out the game of education on a pitch skewed by discrimination, class consciousness, income and family background?
There is a belief in the minds of some that they do not have to deal with what they consider the unpleasant business of problem students, Travellers, students with special needs and, generally anyone who might impact on their self-constructed coziness.
Irish education is not played out on a level pitch and a detailed study of schools' admission policies reveals the common thread -- that many of them have devised imaginative ways of setting the slope on the pitch: