Saturday 10 December 2016

We shouldn't have to fake a religion just to get a child into school system

Linnea Dunne

Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30

'While the right to education is a positive one, opting out feels like a negative right at best. What do we say to children when, in allowing them to step out, we make them the anomaly?' (stock photo)
'While the right to education is a positive one, opting out feels like a negative right at best. What do we say to children when, in allowing them to step out, we make them the anomaly?' (stock photo)

"Four hundred and thirty two," said the voice at the other end of the line. "He's got place 432 in the queue. But a lot of people sign their kids up to loads of schools as they know how hard it is to get a place, so a few will drop off. You never know."

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I barely even felt deflated. I was so used to having this conversation with Educate Together school secretaries that I just ticked the school off the list and moved on. A few miles up the road, parents were queueing overnight for a place in the only Educate Together secondary school within a 30-minute drive; things could be worse.

Perhaps it wasn't so bad. It was just Religious Education (RE) after all. He would be allowed to step out; it would be an opportunity to teach him a thing or two about critical thinking. Not that there was any guarantee that he'd get a place in the local Catholic school either - but assuming he did, he'd be fine.

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