Friday 24 March 2017

Editorial: Opening up religious teaching is a welcome move for schools

IT HAS been a long time in coming. But it is very welcome nonetheless. Today, our education correspondent reports that, for the first time, the majority of children in Catholic primary schools will learn about other faiths as part of religious instruction.

This welcome development comes at a time of keen debate about the teaching of religion in our schools. The old secularist versus traditionalist spats are sharpened by questions about the quality of Irish education and warnings of 'curriculum overload'.

So, finding space for this new element of education in the school timetables will pose challenges. But it can enhance the children's cultural instruction, actually deepen their understanding of Catholic traditions, and also help promote mutual understanding.

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