Tuesday 19 September 2017

O'Doherty: Too much religion puts us bottom of the class

Losing faith: The job of a school is to educate children about stuff that they will actually need in the real world
Losing faith: The job of a school is to educate children about stuff that they will actually need in the real world
Joseph Goebbels
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

In the grand Irish tradition of people becoming enraged by something that is totally irrelevant, the current row over the proposed changes to religious education in primary schools is a classic of its kind.

As reported in the Indo the other day: "Government education advisers have unveiled proposals for a groundbreaking Education about Religion, Beliefs and Ethics (ERBE) subject for all children, in all 3,000 primary schools," which effectively,means that traditional religious education would be replaced by a more generalised curriculum dealing with all the world's major faiths.

As you might imagine, Catholics ain't happy. The Church still has control over 90pc of Irish primary schools and, incredibly, half an hour of each day's class time is allotted to the teaching of fairy tales. To put that in context, we spend 10pc of class time on religion and 4pc on science, which is hardly the sign of a rational society.

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