Seán Fearon, Chair of Queen’s University Sinn Féin, gives his personal perspective on education.
My experience of the education system in the Northern state of Ireland is one of an unremarkable nature. I was raised a Catholic (having since wholly renounced this upbringing) and educated in a Catholic school in what is a uniformly Catholic area. I can distinctly remember a strange humdrum when a Welsh protestant had moved to the area, much to the bewilderment of the primary school class who simply couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t take communion, or why they were exempt from our religious ‘education’. They were other, or at least they were perceived as such by a class of children who had likely never come into a contact with a protestant, a community which comprises the majority of the population of the North. (more…)Read More