Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Editor's viewpoint: Shared education will help bridge divide

This is not at all evident, as these polls are meaningless. "Many Catholic parents feel their schools are the best option, but that is a short-sighted argument." No, that's a good stance to keep our Catholic schools. "And there is no reason to believe that a single, integrated education system would prevent education authorities raising standards." And there is no reason to believe it would prevent a lowering of standards either.

Chrisdoh

Unfortunately, Sinn Fein, the SDLP and the Catholic hierarchy wish to maintain the status quo. I wonder what Catholic priests will do when they get to heaven and find that some of the 'other lot' are there, too?

T J McClean

T J McClean: I have a notion that there are going to be a few surprises. Some folk might not end up in the dress circle, as they expected.

OX38655

Why don't we talk about the big, fat elephant in the room here. The issue is not with Catholic and Protestant children sitting side by side in a classroom, we all want to see that. The issue is what will be taught to those children when they are side by side.

Yahoe_Yahboyee

Yahoe_Yahboyee: Fair point. Can anyone who teaches in an integrated school give us any answers?

T J McClean

Integrated education has become a panacea for all our ills. Kids spend their formative years at home prior to school and a fair chunk of time up to age 16. Respect for people is just as basic as good manners and parents have a responsibility to instill both.

Room505

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz