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Send your kids to Catholic school if you're not Catholic?

Paula McCann | 15:04 UK time, Wednesday, 9 March 2011


Would you send your kids to a Catholic school if you weren't of that faith?

7 of the top 10 grammar schools in a league table compiled by the Irish News are Catholic. And it's a similar story with the non-grammars. Should everyone be trying to get their child into those schools?

Both Michelle Markin, former headteacher of St Josephs' Secondary School in Belfast and David Knox the principal of Ballyclare High School told Talkback that parents should send their kids to the best school for them - regardless of the religious persuasion. They said increasingly people were doing just that.

But are they?

We opened the phone-lines and spoke to Alan from Portadown. He said that within the Protestant tradition parents make an oath to bring children up with the Lord and going to a Catholic school just isn't on.

Iona from Comber phoned to say that she wanted to send her children to a Catholic school but was over-ruled by her husband.

When asked by Maxine Mahwinney, who's presenting the programme this week, what he would have done if his wife had wanted to send the youngsters to a Catholic school Alan stuttered, then laughed, and told Maxine that she was trying to start something!

Would you send your children to a faith school if it was the best performing school in your area?


  • Comment number 1.

    What planet is Alan from Portadown on? Sure in this so called Christian land of ours fewer and fewer people are attending Church and most so called loyalists never ever go to church so why would they worry about what the Lord would say.

  • Comment number 2.

    I wonder what school the Lord would choose ?

  • Comment number 3.

    The sooner we get rid of all religion in schools and all religious schools the better, especially roman catholic ones in this wee Country of ours,..after the comments in the last few days from the leader of that church,who has the audacity to think that has some sort of power to forgive the Jews for killing Jesus Christ,just who does he think he is??...does he not realise the romans were the political power at the time and it was the roman soldiers following orders that,tortured,abused and nailed The Holy One to the Tree,and then still tortured and mocked the Lord??

  • Comment number 4.

    what next from the pope,..forgiving the Germans and their religious masters for what they done to the Jews

  • Comment number 5.

    I wouldn't ever send my kids to an RC school - I'm an English Protestant and I went to a state comp as around our way we didn't have a CofE high school.

    I simply wouldn't send my kids to a RC school as the first master of the RC schools isn't, despite what they say, any UK government body i.e. Westminster, Stormont, Holyrood but The Vatican - that's in effect allowing another country (with another religion) to run your child's (or any child's) education - we wouldn't allow say Russia to influence our schools policy nor Libya - so why the RC Church/Vatican City?

    Maybe this seems out-of-date for a 30 y/o but whilst I'd never deny the right of religious assembly etc. I don't think any other religion should be allowed to have schools - CofE is our official state religion and that's all.

  • Comment number 6.

    watch that,...and remove all our children away from them as far as possible


  • Comment number 7.

    Whisper it quietly but...all religion is a load of rubbish & should not be allowed to impede the development of human intellectual progress any longer. There is no man in the clouds, Jesus did not die for our sins (however his death & our sins are related I don't know - wear your sins with pride) and we will not go to a fiery pit for eating meat on a Friday. Seriously this devotion to myth & superstition in the 21st Century is just embarrassing, not to mention detrimental to our society. No doubt someone will throw a generic, non-specific quote at me from that great holy comic book (I don't think even readers of the Beano would accept the idea of a talking bush) but I'll save you the bother & say you're wasting your time, if I want empty, meaningless rhetoric I can just tune in to Hollyoaks.

  • Comment number 8.

    " .. 7. At 8:41pm on 10 Mar 2011, wharsmetoothpicson wrote:
    Whisper it quietly but...all religion is a load of rubbish & should not be allowed to impede the development of human intellectual progress any longer .. "

    In the language of the modern age .. " I agree 110% like "

  • Comment number 9.

    wharsmetoothpicson & scybalous, islands of reality in an ocean of dihorrea. Get religion out of schools and hopefully that will mean religion out of everything. Eventually.

  • Comment number 10.

    " .. 9. At 11:32am on 11 Mar 2011, E-Volve wrote:
    wharsmetoothpicson & scybalous, islands of reality in an ocean of dihorrea .. "

    What an image that conjures up, E-Volve !! I wondered what the smell was.

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi supergran. If the Lord had anything to say to loyalists, it would be more likely be about the drugdealing and rackets than alternative grammer school, I'd suggest. Alan is clearly from the old school.

  • Comment number 12.

    msg 5 GrandFalconrd. I'd expect that any noncatholic kids attending a Catholic grammer school, would be excused from attending religious instruction as those who attended my primary school from the protestant faith were. So the indocrinination wouldn't be a factor. they would be taught all other cirriculum subjects. I don't see the problem.

  • Comment number 13.

    My kids never say Londonderry or this here Province.They were born and reared in the County of Antrim.One of the 9 Counties of that Province.We are sweet with our history.

  • Comment number 14.

    Stop knocking the Catholic educational system Austin.Pick holes in the things of Presbs that you know about.Money...God....and Money.

  • Comment number 15.

    as Ard stated Austin........What is your North Antrim problem?

  • Comment number 16.

    Radio Britain.....Do not let your Irishness be known.Golfers,Boxers and footballers.....From here.Why do they do it?

  • Comment number 17.

    Yes I would without a doubt I would want the best for my children and if it means they have to attend a faith school so be it .

  • Comment number 18.

    What a load of clichéd nonsense and empty, meaningless rhetoric from the anti-Catholics and anti-religionists.


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