Tag: Religion

We Don’t Need No Education (Part 2)

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)

Part 2

In my previous article, here, I discussed the approach to religious education in Ireland and the various problems, failings of the system that is currently in place and how it is currently changing. In this week’s follow on article, I will be discussing the same things but this time my attention is focused on America.

The American Dream?

In the United States, there is no religious instruction whatsoever within the public education system. Whilst this has been the norm for many years, there are certain religious organisations who have been challenging this in recent years, however, I digress.

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We Don’t Need No Education (Part 1)

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)

Preface

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.

The Psychology of Outrage

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)

Every day in this god forsaken country (irony intended) there is always someone, somewhere complaining about something which is of an almost minuscule nature compared to that little thing which we inhabit; you know,” reality”. While in reality our country is going down the tubes further and further, almost on a daily basis, there are those who seem to inhabit reality of their own making, where the smallest of things which may or may not upset them in some way or another, is elevated to highest podium in their mind. They almost go out of their way to become outraged at something and in the mean time, they manage to completely miss the point.

Blasphemy Law a Massive Step Backwards

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in February 2010)

On the 1st of January Ireland took a remarkable step backwards when the so called Blasphemy Law came into effect. As a result many people now feel that their freedom of speech could be curtailed by potential legal action and a substantial fine if something they express is deemed as blasphemous towards a particular religion. To say that this is opening a can worms is an understatement and it once again shows the complete lack of common sense that the current government seems to pride itself on. In a recently released statement, the UCC Atheists Society have rightly referred to the new law as “regressive and an attack on the freedom to question religious dogma.”