Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Former Irish prime minister defends religious instruction

Catholic World News - April 08, 2011

Ireland’s former prime minister, John Bruton, has defended the role of religious education in the country’s schools, questioning the plan of current education minister Ruairi Quinn to cut down on religious instruction.

Bruton acknowledged that recent test scores had shown a troublesome decline in academic performance by Irish students, but dismissed the suggestion that religious instruction is to blame. The classroom time spent on religious education has not increased, he observed, since the years when Irish students performed better on standardized tests. “So why single out the 30 minutes per day spent on religious formation, when there are so many other ways to find time to improve out scores in reading and mathematics?”

Bruton went on to say that schools should prepare students “not just for working life but for life as a whole.” Religious education plays a role in that process, he said.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($14,503 to go):
$35,000.00 $20,496.73
41% 59%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Our Spiritual Destiny and the Horror of War September 19
The Islamic roots of terrorism must be addressed September 19
Each of us is destined to marry Jesus Christ September 18
From simple husband to ascetical priest September 18
St. Augustine's warning to pastors September 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18