During the Troubles children would either attend a Catholic school or a Protestant school. The majority of Catholics would consider themselves to be Irish and therefore were nationalists in political views. Whereas the majority of Protestants would consider themselves to be British and are therefore Unionist in political outlook. The education system in Northern Ireland was hugely segregated due to sectarianism which often led to the two groups never integrating socially which would in turn cause tensions and misunderstandings between the two groups. However, in response to this separation the integrated schools movement arose from a parent led group in the 1970s who drove the creation of the first integrated school in Northern Ireland in 1981 and has now grown to 62 schools educating some 7% of the school age population in Northern Ireland to date.
This system banned Irish from the classroom and forced all children to be educated through English. This created a lot of tension between Ireland and Britain as they expelled the national language from schools. These schools were also originally multi-denominational, having members from many religions in charge. However by the end of the nineteenth century, the system had become increasingly denominational. Individuals began to choose which school to attend in order to cater for their own religion (Walsh, 2011).
'We must strive to cultivate all which is most racial, ... most Gaelic, most Irish, because in spite of the small fusion of Saxon blood in the north-east corner, this island is and will remain Celtic to the core.' Douglas Hyde Anglicisation, the process of converting or adapting to British standards, is evident throughout Ireland since its colonisation in the 16th and 17th centuries. As a result of colonialism, the English language was forced upon Irish nationalists along with their culture, literature and sport. Any form of retaliation or dispute resulted in exile. The Anglicisation of Ireland was often viewed by nationalists as a period of self-examination.
Until the conclusion of the Old Irish Period, all entries in the annals were written in Latin. The first Irish entry occurs in 434 A.D., but it is not until 912 A.D. that they become the norm. It also features the transition from Old Irish spelling to that which would be more familiar to the modern Irish speaker. Along with this, the scribes of the Historic Period appear to have been more hyperaware of their more modern audience, as the annals thereafter feature a change in accents and a modernisation of prominent names. The laconic tone evident in the document is proof that the intention was to provide information in a strictly factual manner, without bias, and for the most part this is the case.
Have you ever thought about how we got integrated schools? There were many things that led up to what we now see as normal today. Something like education for African Americans can seem so simple today, but seem so complicated for people in past years. One of the things that helped us with integrated schools was a few people who were called the Little Rock Nine. Central High was one of the first schools to be integrated.
Then, as the child progresses into secondary school the influence of religion becomes less and less. Confession maybe offered once/twice a month. At this confession the student is given a choice as to whether or not he/she wants to participate. In todays society we see a change in this as a minority parents now are starting to wait until the child is old enough to decide whether or not he/she wants to be Catholic. These parents can request to the school that their child does not have to participate in religious activities.
Religion and faith has been at the centre point of culture since the earliest civilisations, whilst the importance and control these religions have has drastically diminished it seems illogical to dismiss their historical and cultural relevance by denying religious symbols to be present in schools. Cases that can be made in favour of education about alcohol and drugs highlight the necessity for children to have an understanding of how to act in accordance with the laws of their state, enabling children grow up with a complete understanding of the world they will live in. This can be transposed to allow for religious symbolism in classrooms, the absence of religious symbols within a classroom would lead to a weaker understanding of what it means to follow a
Over the years, public schools in the US are required to provide quality education for every child, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. However, critics of the public education system argue that the majority of the children lack equal learning opportunities and access to quality schools (Nelson, Palonsky & McCarthy, 2010). Some critics argue that the public education system prolong poverty among low-income families as the rich are provided with better learning facilities (Granger, 2008). The physical surroundings of wealthy neighborhoods house innovative and safer school facilities that offer better learning environments. Students from low-income families, especially the ethnic minority families lower quality public schools in impoverished neighborhoods.
This is an awesome responsibility, and knowing that, Catholic school leaders should be contemplative on all actions they take, as well as reflective on the behaviors and virtues they model. Schuttloffel has served the Catholic school leadership community well by reminding us that through contemplation and close monitoring of our own relationship with Christ, and by living a virtuous life, we can be effective school
In addition, enrolling in a diverse school as a kid affected the way I perceived people. Thereupon, I did not find myself questioning the differences between students regarding their ethnicity, language, religion or race. Instead, I embraced everyone and everything all around me and had an understanding that being different was interesting and the norm. I continued to witness and experience both the slow-paced neighborhood lifestyle & adventurous outdoors. Then, my turning point in life arrived.