Ireland consdiering banning schools from using religion in admissions

In Ireland, 90% of primary (K-8th) schools are under the control of the Catholic church and 6% are controlled by other religious groups.  This means that only 4% of schools in Ireland are not religiously affiliated. The education minister, Richard Bruton said “religious parents’ wishes to educate their children in their faith should be respected but that non-Christian parents should not be unfairly disadvantaged.”  Resources are often given to the religious schools before the non-relgious ones, effecting many children’s educations. Bruton has set out plans to tackle the religious discrimination in the Irish education system, cutting out the unfairness of a baptism requirement for school enrollment. Bruton has four different plans   to stop schools discriminating against non-religious families, but Irish secularists say that each proposal is “deeply flawed”. Three of the proposals would  continue some form of religious discrimination and only a full ban would actually make any difference within the schools. Some school officials see this as a good thing because it would make it easier to convert the atheist children if they are already within the school. They see it as a way to further their following especially with children being so impressionable. Although if the schools are forced to mix, it could create discrimination for the children who are the minority religion. In McGuire books she talks about how in a society like Ireland where majority of people around have the same beliefs, the child’s exposure to religion is informally and continuously. In Ireland, children go to school where they learn about their religion and then they go home to their families that reenforce that learning. If children get taught at school, but then hear different things at home it could cause an identity crisis for the child.