(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)
This was originally written for a purely academic purpose but I felt that it was worth disseminating it among the greater readership, whoever that may be. I have tried my best to adopt the writing to a more non-academic format and hopefully I have been successful.
An Irish “Education”? (Part 1)
The education system in Ireland today is roughly the same type of system that was set up during the foundation of the State; that being the teaching of religion in the class room has always been a prominent feature of Irish education. The religion that was taught in the classroom has always been predominantly of the Catholic ethos. This is due in no small part to the way the education system has been set up. The Catholic Church has had a monopoly on education in Ireland for decades and therefore they decided what was taught and what wasn’t.