Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 29 January 2015

Religion isn't the only divide in education

I have been following with interest the debate on the integration of Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren into one schooling system to cut down on empty desks and thus cut down on expenditure on education.

Most importantly, the object was to lessen the divisions between Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren.

However, there is another great divide within our education system and that is the divide between grammar school pupils and secondary modern pupils.

This is a far more damaging and detrimental division because it divides children into the categories of successes and failures.

If a successful integrated education system is to be brought about, then this harmful division must be eliminated from it also.



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