Saturday 18 November 2017

Religious education no longer a matter of faith

The damaged Catholic church risks being the prisoner of its most conservative members

Fr Michael Drumm, chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership
Fr Michael Drumm, chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership
Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

IF THE plan was to divert attention from overcrowded classes and the working conditions of teachers, then it succeeded. Mathematics, religion and the feminisation of teaching made headlines.

And a single nasty blog by one maverick member of the profession got more attention than the nuts and bolts of what is needed to make national schools fit for purpose in the light of continuing cutbacks.

The teaching of religion is just one area where teachers fear that problems are simply being dumped on them. For what happens if you do not want your son or daughter in a religion class that is indoctrinating children?

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