Secular education.In a country that is fast becoming a less religious. Can religion continue to have the control that it still exerts on our system of education?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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It does depend on how an education system functions in a country, especially in terms of funding. In European schools, the Church held a lot of sway over both funding and curriculum, but this has lessened in recent decades, and I do believe that as Europe becomes more diverse and secular, schools will become less traditional, and I expect that will happen in Ireland too.
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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Religion controls schools in some parts of the country. In most parts of America, religious organizations are losing influence. However, in communities where religion is still powerful there is an influence. I am thinking of Utah, for example.  Mormons have more influence on the schools because they have more influence in the state there.

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I would have to think that as religion has less of a role in the country as a whole it will eventually lose control over the education process also. One factor that this would depend on is what does public education look like in your country. If there is a strong public education system I could see that secular education could become less important.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Part of this would depend upon the political parties in power wouldn't it? Some countries have one or two major religions, and these parties are so closely tied to government that whoever wins the election will control. So yes, religion would continue to effect public education. However, the world is becoming more global, and I'm not sure how long countries will be able to maintain a controlling religion.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To get good answers to this question, you should state what country you live in because it is very hard to answer this without knowing what country you are asking about.

In general, religion cannot continue to play a huge role in education unless there are religious schools that do not cost much to attend.  Otherwise, people will go to secular schools and religion will not have as much control.

Again, this depends very much on which country you live in and the details of its educational system.

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I would have to think that as religion has less of a role in the country as a whole it will eventually lose control over the education process also. One factor that this would depend on is what does public education look like in your country. If there is a strong public education system I could see that secular education could become less important.

Something in the region of 97% of our schools in Ireland are controlled by the Catholic religion.Our hospitals and teacher training colleges are also predominantly controlled by this religion. The church going population according to the latest figures from the Catholic church has dwindled to a mere 18%. Our census is due this April and this I hope should give a picture that our government can use make a much needed change to this situation.

Unfortunately as a nation we have a tendency to think of the Catholic religion in cultural way. If an Irish person is not religious they may still tick the box that marks the religion of their childhood.

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pangor | (Level 2) eNoter

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To get good answers to this question, you should state what country you live in because it is very hard to answer this without knowing what country you are asking about.

In general, religion cannot continue to play a huge role in education unless there are religious schools that do not cost much to attend.  Otherwise, people will go to secular schools and religion will not have as much control.

Again, this depends very much on which country you live in and the details of its educational system.

Thanks for the advice. I am new to this and have never entered a forum before. I live in Ireland.

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