We welcome the response from Chris Hazzard to the article from Baroness May Blood – both published in An Phoblacht’s “Uncomfortable Conversations” series. As Baroness Blood said we are open to discussion and it’s good to have prompted thought and debate.
We’re glad that Chris shares Baroness Blood’s opinion that parents’ wishes should be respected in education planning; now we need to move forward with that aim and formulate Area Plans based on community audits and a survey of what parents want, rather than on existing structures.
I do wonder that Chris Hazzard can dismiss the experience of schools as a mere 9% of a child’s life.
Why are we protecting the Education budget if it is so unimportant? Why indeed would any party seek the Education Ministry if the service counts for so little?
Learning counts for life, and learning with and about others of all backgrounds is vital preparation for an increasingly diverse world of work. Young people will need to be confident in themselves to participate in and contribute to this. (more…)Read More