“Educate…” What?!

Too much of this stuff, and you might come up with "Educate Together".

You would think a traditionally Catholic country like Ireland – a country which, if memory serves, had its own basic school system provided largely by the Church for a long time – would not care for politically correct bollocking, at least considering there are no dramatic divisions in the midst of society as far as religion is concerned.

You would, wouldn’t you? Well turns out you are (once again) too smart for the Irish Government. From the article linked I learned two things:

1) The Irish government wants to keep children away from Catholic schools, and calls its “inclusive” model “educate together”.

2) The parents disagree.

Funny, isn’t it? “We cannot enlarge capacity in the Catholic school”, says the Government, “because there are enough places in the school parents do to not want to send their children to”. Isn’t it a beauty, the Irish democracy, where the government tells the citizen what they have to want, and provides for them protecting them from their unhealthy desires?

Also, I wonder where the supposed rage against the Church, all too often portrayed like a bunch of predatory evil men, has gone. We have here a situation with 150 places a year in the Catholic school, 260 baptisms a year, and an overwhelming desire  to send the children to be educated in  a Catholic way. Shock! Horror!

“I want my kids to say their prayers in school, before lunch, before class, as I did.” says a good mother. I am sure she represents the opinion of many in the community.

“Educate together”, take a hike.


Posted on April 10, 2012, in Catholicism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Mundabor, ‘Educate Together’ are a private interdenominational group and not connected with the government.

    This move I would regard as unconstitutional. Let’s hope it gets challenged in the Supreme Court.

  2. Mundabor, in Ireland the vast majority of schools are technically private – the patron is usually either the Catholic bishop (or Anglican ‘bishop’) or educate together.

    • Ah well, but de facto state-sponsored, right? The system reminds me of the German health system, a public structure based on private cooperatives.

      In this case, the government pays for the school and wants the pupil to go there, even if the parents do not want to send their children there.


  3. Indeed, the German system has many parallels.

  4. Mundabor, in Germany schools either have a public (usually the city administration) or a private patron, majority of which is the Catholic Church. In both cases there is mainly public funding for it, whereby a portion (usually between 10% to 30%) of the private schools needs to be financed by the patron. One of my children is attending a Catholic school and the Church is covering 10% of the cost there, 90% is covered by the Government. Even the FSSPX school in Germany, (e.g. Schönenberg) is financed in that way, i.e. majority is financed with public money.


    • Yes wk1999, in Italy it happens pretty much the same. The idea is that education is a public duty, and if private initiatives do this the government contributes to costs it would have had anyway. It is the same, say, with private clinics, where a part of the cost is borne by the Government because it frees from the necessity of building public hospitals, etc.

      I am glad to hear FSSPX schools are also subsidised.


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