Tuesday 21 November 2017

Admissions policy an issue only when the State hasn't provided enough school places

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan and her department should ensure there are enough places in our schools for all our children
Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan and her department should ensure there are enough places in our schools for all our children
David Quinn

David Quinn

In the utopian dreams of our PC overlords every school in the country would have an absolutely representative number of children from every single community or group in the country.

Thus every school would have its quota of children from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and so on. It would have an equal number of boys and girls. It would have a representative number of children from every socio-economic group in the country and from every religion. You get the picture. The trouble is, those schools would end up not looking a bit like the communities in which they are embedded.

Tuesday's front page headline in 'The Irish Times' read, 'Immigrant children concentrated in less than a quarter of schools'. This seemed shocking until you actually thought about it a bit. Having thought about it, it was roughly as shocking as 'discovering' that most children from working class areas go to schools in working class areas, and most middle class children go to schools in middle class areas.

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