A blog post by Ben Kirk. Ben is a Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies teacher from Portadown who currently lives and works in Scotland.
In recent weeks the discussion over integrated education has received its share of attention from both supporters and critics. Although it’s encouraging that all this attention has prompted greater dialogue, I hope that more comes of it as what we have yet to see is any significant action from our political representatives.
To date, the chief driving force behind integrated education has been from public support and activism. And although there is sizable public support for integrated education, there is a distinct lack of support from Stormont, despite a statutory duty to promote it. Nevertheless, I should say that I’m thankful for the support from a small number of MLAs, but for the majority of Stormont the silence is deafening, and as a result the integrated sector has had its work cut out for it. (more…)Read More