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Thread: Six County Premier Calls for End to Segregated Education

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    Default Six County Premier Calls for End to Segregated Education

    BBC News - Robinson slams education system 'apartheid'

    Great to see a six county pol - and such a high profule one - finally taking on the vested interests to challenge the divided status quo - a status quo where children of different religions grow up divided by walls and sent to different schools. I have been to the six counties and seen these divisions af first hand. Whatever people may think of the past reasons for these divisions, now is surely the time to bridge that awful divide. If not now , when?

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    He's not the Premier - but still, it's progress.

    One thing - his comment about Church schools is being spun as an attack on the RC Church - closer to home for his party, the Free Presbyterians run their own schools.

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    I entirely agree with Peter Robinson's sensible sentiments. Is it just me, or has anyone else been really impressed by Robinson's performance as First Minister in recent months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerryBee View Post
    I entirely agree with Peter Robinson's sensible sentiments. Is it just me, or has anyone else been really impressed by Robinson's performance as First Minister in recent months?
    I think he has grown into the job. Was never a fan of his in the past but, fair play to him, like McGuinness he has done a good job.

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    I'd have been more impressed had he suggested the religious indoctrination of children was removed from all schools.

    Instead he is just going along with the petty sectarian jibes.
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    I never bought the whole education argument, I think it's easy to hold up as a problem but I honestly don't think educating Catholics and Protestants in the same school would change anything socially or politically.
    Is there any evidence to suggest so, or is it merely a lazy sound bite?
    Is it something that is easy to point at as a prime cause of social problems - when really it probably isn't?

    Peoples attitudes and political opinions have been passed down for hundreds of years through all sorts of changes and they remain to this day.

    Get rid of the evil cults and glorifications of the gun and people might stop believing their at war with each other.
    Putting them in a room together won't change their beliefs, their political beliefs are engrained through generations and education simply does not penetrate this.

    I think it's a red herring, I could be wrong but I am sure that many high profile bigots have came from integrated schools.
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    Maybe all the children could get the chance to attend a school like the one Lord Craigavon was taught at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Molly Maguire View Post
    Maybe all the children could get the chance to attend a school like the one Lord Craigavon was taught at.

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    what a silly post on a serious subject .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    what a silly post on a serious subject .......
    Robinson is clever enough to know that the biggest supporters of educational apartheid are the rich.
    No chance of him mentioning that though.
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    People go on and on (especially factual) about mixed education as if its some panacea to all of the six counties ills despite the fact that on its own it could actually make things worse.

    What we seriously need to be thinking is how to dismantle the culture of hate.

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