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  • Day 7: Patrick Monahan's story - Education Equality
    drum louder and louder We must not stop until everyone can hear us This story is one of 30 that are being published by Education Equality one a day for 30 days from 12th December 2015 The 30 Days 30 Stories entries are first hand accounts of the discrimination encountered by Education Equality members in their experience of the education system If you have a similar story to tell you can contact Education Equality at info educationequality ie Posted in 30 Days 30 Stories Post navigation Day 6 Rebecca Halliday s story Day 8 Anonymous story 5 Comments Róisín December 18 2015 at 8 41 am Reply Thank you for sharing your story Where can I sign the petition April Duff December 18 2015 at 8 57 am Reply Hi Róisín thanks for your comment You can sign Paddy s petition here Elaine December 18 2015 at 6 35 pm Reply In the exact same situation Eventuallly got son into a school on a cancellation place in the july before junior infants kicked off now we learn that there is not likely to be a place for his brother as siblings who are not of the faith of the school are lower in priority than any child who is the faith or related faiths and the list is large for next year The discrimination goes on now we are faced with 1 the same heart wrenching fight wait effort to secure our 2nd son a place in any local school when we failed to get a place in 10 schools last year for our 1st son 2 the prospect of having 2 sons in different schools both not particularly local we have been assured that the 3 schools nearest to us will not have a place for 2nd son and 3 having to as soon as a place might become available move 1st son to the same school as both parents work and the logistics until they are both in 1 place will surely prove difficult again as the current school and likely place in another school will not have the same localities or start finish times I am appalled on an ongoing basis about this situation I have written to local representatives and the minister to no avail April Duff December 19 2015 at 10 18 am Reply Elaine thank you for your comment Sorry to hear that you are in such a difficult position If you are interested in contributing your experience to the 30 Days 30 Stories campaign there is still space to do so If you are interested please email april educationequality ie Stories can be submitted anonymously if you wish Best wishes April Elaine December 18 2015 at 6 39 pm Reply in addition the heartache for 1st son continues as he is putting down roots for friendship and speaks about his friendships differently now so i m sure this phase of new friendships is important in his development being faced with having to sever

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  • Day 7: Patrick Monahan's story - Education Equality
    the drum louder and louder We must not stop until everyone can hear us This story is one of 30 that are being published by Education Equality one a day for 30 days from 12th December 2015 The 30 Days 30 Stories entries are first hand accounts of the discrimination encountered by Education Equality members in their experience of the education system If you have a similar story to tell you can contact Education Equality at info educationequality ie Posted in 30 Days 30 Stories Post navigation Day 6 Rebecca Halliday s story Day 8 Anonymous story 5 Comments Róisín December 18 2015 at 8 41 am Reply Thank you for sharing your story Where can I sign the petition April Duff December 18 2015 at 8 57 am Reply Hi Róisín thanks for your comment You can sign Paddy s petition here Elaine December 18 2015 at 6 35 pm Reply In the exact same situation Eventuallly got son into a school on a cancellation place in the july before junior infants kicked off now we learn that there is not likely to be a place for his brother as siblings who are not of the faith of the school are lower in priority than any child who is the faith or related faiths and the list is large for next year The discrimination goes on now we are faced with 1 the same heart wrenching fight wait effort to secure our 2nd son a place in any local school when we failed to get a place in 10 schools last year for our 1st son 2 the prospect of having 2 sons in different schools both not particularly local we have been assured that the 3 schools nearest to us will not have a place for 2nd son and 3 having to as soon as a place might become available move 1st son to the same school as both parents work and the logistics until they are both in 1 place will surely prove difficult again as the current school and likely place in another school will not have the same localities or start finish times I am appalled on an ongoing basis about this situation I have written to local representatives and the minister to no avail April Duff December 19 2015 at 10 18 am Reply Elaine thank you for your comment Sorry to hear that you are in such a difficult position If you are interested in contributing your experience to the 30 Days 30 Stories campaign there is still space to do so If you are interested please email april educationequality ie Stories can be submitted anonymously if you wish Best wishes April Elaine December 18 2015 at 6 39 pm Reply in addition the heartache for 1st son continues as he is putting down roots for friendship and speaks about his friendships differently now so i m sure this phase of new friendships is important in his development being faced with having to

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  • Day 2: Devin Doyle's story - Education Equality
    misrepresentation of what s involved in religious education in 1st Class our daughter has attended Christ the King since They re wonderful They ve worked really hard to make our daughter feel accepted and included They ve treated us with kindness and accommodation as best they can They ve worked with our request that our daughter opt out of religious education without quibbling always looking for the best solution for all concerned They re great But every day for half an hour one eighth of the day s teaching time our daughter goes and sits by herself while the teacher gives the other kids religious education There are three problems with this First my daughter is made to feel different purely because of her religion She s resilient but we can tell that she feels excluded It doesn t seem fair on her Secondly she gets less value from her time spent with her teacher despite the fact that we her parents pay exactly the same taxes as everyone else to fund the school That doesn t seem fair on us And thirdly she misses out on a rounded education about religion as a whole and how to be inclusive and embracing of all cultures and traditions That isn t fair on anyone The Constitution guarantees both freedom of religion and equal treatment to every Irish citizen Children of parents of no religion or minority religions are not treated equally by the system There s a simple solution to this remove religious education from the curriculum The State becomes patron of all State schools buying land and buildings back from the religious organisations on long term instalment Religious schools who refuse the changes no longer receive State funding State schools then offer religious organisations the use of school facilities to give religious education to those children whose parents want it The cost of extra curricular RE can be worked out between parents and their religious leaders with the State playing no part Single ethos religious education becomes an opt in extra curricular activity beyond the remit of the State or the Department of Education and all Irish children can attend their local school This way my brilliantly resilient daughter is treated equally in the country of her father My country This way every child in an Irish school is treated equally in their own country Our country This story is one of 30 that are being published by Education Equality one a day for 30 days from 12th December 2015 The 30 Days 30 Stories entries are first hand accounts of the discrimination encountered by Education Equality members in their experience of the education system If you have a similar story to tell you can contact Education Equality at info educationequality ie Posted in 30 Days 30 Stories Post navigation Day 1 Nikki Murphy s story Day 3 Lucy Halpin s story One Comment kate Stapleton December 16 2015 at 7 09 pm Reply Well done for speaking out about

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  • Day 11:  Steph Duffy's story - Education Equality
    about change so that at the very least if my daughter grows up and has a family of her own she won t be faced with the same decisions in relation to her children This story is one of 30 that are being published by Education Equality one a day for 30 days from 12th December 2015 The 30 Days 30 Stories entries are first hand accounts of the discrimination encountered by Education Equality members in their experience of the education system If you have a similar story to tell you can contact Education Equality at info educationequality ie Posted in 30 Days 30 Stories Post navigation Day 10 Deirdre McGrath s story Day 12 A teacher s story One Comment Meredith December 27 2015 at 10 55 am Reply My husband and I were in the very same dilemma when we were deciding on a school for our daughter two years ago We made the opposite choice sending our child to an Educate Together that is on the other side of town a 25 minute drive away Honestly we re still not sure that we made the right decision If only all schools were multi denominational and religious instruction took place outside the school day then each parent could send their children to the local school without the fear of their children being marginalized Leave a Reply to Meredith Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Quick Find Like Us On Facebook View on Facebook Education Equality 8 hours ago Today marks the end of our 30Days30Stories campaign We would like to thank all of the parents grandparents teachers principals and everyone who shared their stories It s so important that these stories are heard to raise awareness of the range of issues that exist and why it is so necessary to reform our education system We still have more stories to share over the next few weeks and if you would like to contribute you can email us on info educationequality ie A huge thanks also to all the EdEquality team who volunteered their time and skills to make this a success Please continue to share Check in with us regularly to hear about our on going activities in the run up to GE16 educationequality ie index php category 30days30stories See More See Less 30 Days 30 Stories Archives Education Equality educationequality ie education equality irish ireland dublin kerry cork limerick tipperary clare all inclusive ed equal equals teaching View on Facebook Share Education Equality 9 hours ago I will never forget the day I went into the first of the three catholic schools in my town with my three week old bundle of joy to be told he was at the bottom of the list purely on the basis of the fact that he was not going to be baptised I will never forget the hurt I felt as a mother that my innocent little child would

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  • Day 18: A parent's story (anonymous) - Education Equality
    child s education On the other hand if we do go ahead and baptise our children just to get them into the local school how could we possibly then stand in front of a school s board of management and tell them we don t want our child to be indoctrinated into a religion of which we ve already claimed to be members Baptising our child means allowing another adult someone we don t know instruct our child in morals and beliefs completely at odds with those of their parents and that for me is the most disturbing aspect of the current Irish education system I place the utmost importance on my principles I have never gone against my ethics just to keep the peace and never shy away from a battle if I believe justice is under threat But it s been brought to my attention time and again by family and friends that my husband and I aren t the potential victims of this battle instead it will be our children who will suffer As with any human rights movement I know it takes a small few to create a movement that will eventually turn the tide but will my children thank me for bringing them along for the battle when we are left standing outside the school gates with no options For now we will bide our time in the hope that the political establishment will acknowledge the Education Equality campaign and correct this injustice otherwise we fear the Government of the Republic of Ireland may well be gifting the Catholic Church one more disingenuous unfaithful soul This story is one of 30 that are being published by Education Equality one a day for 30 days from 12th December 2015 The 30 Days 30 Stories entries are first hand accounts of the discrimination encountered by Education Equality members in their experience of the education system If you have a similar story to tell you can contact Education Equality at info educationequality ie Posted in 30 Days 30 Stories Post navigation Day 17 Joseph Greene s story Day 19 Niamh Lynch s story Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Quick Find Like Us On Facebook View on Facebook Education Equality 8 hours ago Today marks the end of our 30Days30Stories campaign We would like to thank all of the parents grandparents teachers principals and everyone who shared their stories It s so important that these stories are heard to raise awareness of the range of issues that exist and why it is so necessary to reform our education system We still have more stories to share over the next few weeks and if you would like to contribute you can email us on info educationequality ie A huge thanks also to all the EdEquality team who volunteered their time and skills to make this a success Please continue to share Check in with us

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  • Day 17: Joseph Greene's story - Education Equality
    respect for the right of parents to provide for the religious education of their children Inevitably if one religion is taught above others as it is unarguably in 97 of schools then there will be cases time and again where the school is in conflict with the parent or parents beliefs I m told that in Educate Together Schools they adhere to these laws by teaching facts about religions and that they stay well away from teaching religious truths That is the parents prerogative and that s why we hope to send our child to one of these schools It s precisely because the pursuit of truth which is sometimes also religion is so important to me that I m campaigning to change this repressive system Before the segregation that he will suffer if he opts out of religion class before the inescapable integrated curriculum that will pursue him quietly throughout the school day and even before we are told that our child has been overlooked for admission due to his unstated religion the offense of asking what my child s religion is speaks to the blindness and insensitivity inherent in this system towards those whose beliefs differ from the majority This story is one of 30 that are being published by Education Equality one a day for 30 days from 12th December 2015 The 30 Days 30 Stories entries are first hand accounts of the discrimination encountered by Education Equality members in their experience of the education system If you have a similar story to tell you can contact Education Equality at info educationequality ie Posted in 30 Days 30 Stories Post navigation Day 16 A second teacher s Day 18 A parent s story Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Quick Find Like Us On Facebook View on Facebook Education Equality 8 hours ago Today marks the end of our 30Days30Stories campaign We would like to thank all of the parents grandparents teachers principals and everyone who shared their stories It s so important that these stories are heard to raise awareness of the range of issues that exist and why it is so necessary to reform our education system We still have more stories to share over the next few weeks and if you would like to contribute you can email us on info educationequality ie A huge thanks also to all the EdEquality team who volunteered their time and skills to make this a success Please continue to share Check in with us regularly to hear about our on going activities in the run up to GE16 educationequality ie index php category 30days30stories See More See Less 30 Days 30 Stories Archives Education Equality educationequality ie education equality irish ireland dublin kerry cork limerick tipperary clare all inclusive ed equal equals teaching View on Facebook Share Education Equality 9 hours ago I will never forget the day I went into the first

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  • Day 16: A second teacher's story (anonymous) - Education Equality
    Catholic This is such hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and surely is against what true faith stands for Of course faith schools should still be part of our education system but this should be an option or those who want it because they are genuinely of the Catholic faith And for those parents who would prefer secular education they have a choice to send their children to a secular school without indoctrination of the Catholic Church As part of secular education the curriculum should incorporate educating children about all religions discuss debate their teachings with children This is planting the seed for children to learn acceptance and respect no matter what their faith or beliefs Ideally secular education develops moral consciousness and fosters a respect for humanity and the modern world as we know it Education should be about choice and acceptance not indoctrination and hypocrisy This story is one of 30 that are being published by Education Equality one a day for 30 days from 12th December 2015 The 30 Days 30 Stories entries are first hand accounts of the discrimination encountered by Education Equality members in their experience of the education system If you have a similar story to tell you can contact Education Equality at info educationequality ie Posted in 30 Days 30 Stories Post navigation Day 15 Joss Moorkens story Day 17 Joseph Greene s story One Comment Irene Oleary December 27 2015 at 12 55 pm Reply i agree that schools should be for everyone regardless of their religion or no religion It is imperative in this day and age that there is equality for all school going children Non dominational schools should be the norm Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Quick Find Like Us On Facebook View on Facebook Education Equality 8 hours ago Today marks the end of our 30Days30Stories campaign We would like to thank all of the parents grandparents teachers principals and everyone who shared their stories It s so important that these stories are heard to raise awareness of the range of issues that exist and why it is so necessary to reform our education system We still have more stories to share over the next few weeks and if you would like to contribute you can email us on info educationequality ie A huge thanks also to all the EdEquality team who volunteered their time and skills to make this a success Please continue to share Check in with us regularly to hear about our on going activities in the run up to GE16 educationequality ie index php category 30days30stories See More See Less 30 Days 30 Stories Archives Education Equality educationequality ie education equality irish ireland dublin kerry cork limerick tipperary clare all inclusive ed equal equals teaching View on Facebook Share Education Equality 9 hours ago I will never forget the day I went into the first of the three catholic schools

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  • Day 15: Joss Moorkens' story - Education Equality
    14 Elaine Shannon s story Day 16 A second teacher s Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Quick Find Like Us On Facebook View on Facebook Education Equality 8 hours ago Today marks the end of our 30Days30Stories campaign We would like to thank all of the parents grandparents teachers principals and everyone who shared their stories It s so important that these stories are heard to raise awareness of the range of issues that exist and why it is so necessary to reform our education system We still have more stories to share over the next few weeks and if you would like to contribute you can email us on info educationequality ie A huge thanks also to all the EdEquality team who volunteered their time and skills to make this a success Please continue to share Check in with us regularly to hear about our on going activities in the run up to GE16 educationequality ie index php category 30days30stories See More See Less 30 Days 30 Stories Archives Education Equality educationequality ie education equality irish ireland dublin kerry cork limerick tipperary clare all inclusive ed equal equals teaching View on Facebook Share Education Equality 9 hours ago I will never forget the day I went into the first of the three catholic schools in my town with my three week old bundle of joy to be told he was at the bottom of the list purely on the basis of the fact that he was not going to be baptised I will never forget the hurt I felt as a mother that my innocent little child would be treated as a second class citizen in accessing the school system This experience was repeated

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