View Irish language version of this page JOIN US STAND UP DONATE


GEMMA BROLLY: Integrated Education Bill Ignores Diversity in Education

Aontú’s education spokesperson and East Derry Election candidate, Gemma Brolly, has again raised concerns over the Integrated Education Bill’s failure to recognise the beauty of diversity.

 

Brolly states “Aontú believe Integrated Educated is a wonderful component of the pluralist education system. It offers parents and children a key option and as a pluralist party we fully support this diversity in education.”

However,an education system that favours one ethos above all others, is an affront to pluralism and diversity, it erases parental choice. We will not allow our schools to be scapegoated as the cause for division among communities. A truly integrated education system must respect and not seek to delete ethos. There can be no hierarchy of educational ethos: Catholic, Protestant, Multi-faith based, Irish-medium or Integrated. There must be room in our society for all."

 

“The introduction of a Bill that compels pupils to leave their faith at the door is just a form of state sponsored bias. Deleting the choice of Catholic, Protestant and any other education is the opposite of pluralism and diversity. It robs parents of the choice of ethos and excellent educational systems. This neither challenges or informs in the classroom or across the community.

 

Education is not a one size fits all sector. Parents should not be denied access to a particular educational ethos that they feel is central to the development of their child. We must develop mutual respect, we must nurture efforts to listen to one another, to be able to debate and understand, to identify, agree and differ in opinions respectfully. Aontú will not shy away from this. An education system that favours one ethos above all others, is an affront to pluralism and diversity, it erases parental choice. We will not allow our schools to be scapegoated as the cause for division among communities. A truly integrated education system must respect and not seek to delete ethos  There can be no hierarchy of educational ethos: Catholic, Protestant, Multi-faith based, Irish-medium or Integrated. There must be room in our society for all.

By Aontú Press | 7 February, 2022



Related Posts


The Irish political system is radically broken



In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing. They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe. If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have. No wonder a half a billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.



Throughout Ireland, many people are now afraid to say what they feel, many are afraid to respectfully engage on a range of different topics. Many feel there is a new censorship and a new political correctness in Ireland, that opposition to the establishment is being deleted.



Respectful opposition is not the enemy. Respectful opposition is a critical element of a functional democracy. Aontú will have the backbone to stand up, without fear, for you.




STAND UP