Sunday 11 December 2016

Student protests should inspire us all

Published 13/12/2010 | 05:00

The case of Shane Donnelly, who is at risk of being expelled from his school for joining a protest, raises significant questions for all of us.

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His protest against impending cuts in funding for education strikes me as a courageous expression of citizenship. The over-reaction of the school makes another contribution to the silencing of the critical voice of the young. It is the young people of Ireland who will carry the burden of debt created by the incompetence, greed and cronyism that has corrupted our country. Their expression of moral outrage is overdue.

Education should be concerned with releasing the intelligence of our youth so that they will develop a nose for corruption and incompetence in those who purport to be their leaders.

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