Irish Atheists, Muslims and Evangelicals urge curriculum reform

Aug 19, 2016

By The Irish News

School children should be allowed to choose another subject in place of religion, a new study has recommended.

Atheists, Muslims and Evangelicals in Ireland are supporting the change as part of a joint call for religious education reform.

They argue that the state-endorsed religious education course should not be compulsory.

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3 comments on “Irish Atheists, Muslims and Evangelicals urge curriculum reform

  • @OP – link – “Therefore it views that secular knowledge should be given eminence within the school curriculum. The state must recognise the importance of the feelings and sentiments of those who practise a particular faith or belief system, whether that be a religious system or non religious system.

    What is important is that department of education recognise that no particular faith should have the monopoly in the schools, as the very question that can be asked is: which version of a particular religion is the correct one, and who will teach it?
    All that should be taught in state schools is the basic fundamentals of any faith system or non faith belief system is, including historical and morals, principles and ethics.”

    This is the key issue.

    As to whether children should be taught a non-partisan course about the background of beliefs in a range of religions, or be allowed to withdraw from the subject, is a matter of the content and quality of the course.

    Allowing fundamentalist parents to withdraw children from courses explaining other points of view, would be counterproductive, where hoping for a balanced education and open minded citizens are objectives.

    On the other hand, withdrawal from a Catholic indoctrination dominated course, should be available to anyone who does not wish to be subjected to RCC indoctrination.
    Large numbers of withdrawals may also motivate foot-dragging Catholic politicians to re-think their legislation.

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  • Max DeWinter #2
    Aug 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Very clever move, and not surprising, from the Muslims.

    It is hardly surprising that when Ireland is trying to break from its theocratic past, that minorities oppose state Catholic indoctrination.

    This will lower the number of the Christian faithful whereas ingrained Islam taught at home will continue to flourish.

    I think the original theocratic domination of the education system of the Republic of Ireland, was to convert Protestants to Catholicism, so the term “Christian” is perhaps inappropriate.

    However, reducing the number of dogma dominated “Christian faithful” or for that matter religion dominated children in general, is a good thing in the move towards an educated secular population.

    The danger is in the inevitable religious demands for allowing exemptions from secular state education in favour of unregulated “faith schools”!

    The political difficulty is, that the “faithful” can see the problems with indoctrination by rival “wrong” religions, but want to duck or fudge the issue, if restrictive regulation is going to reduce THEIR opportunities for indoctrinations of their own.

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