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Aodhán Ó Ríordáin wants to ban single sex schools



  • Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭ Ballycommon Mast

    I am surprised that Alan Kelly who I always thought was a down to earth Tipperary man is supporting this kind of nonsense

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,100 ✭✭✭✭ Ash.J.Williams

    it would be interesting to see women in our Elitist schools and how it changes the system

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,909 ✭✭✭ Jequ0n

    @Ballycommon Mast

    “There are many many parents in Ireland who want a single sex education for their children”

    Fair enough, but why? What are the concerns?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,909 ✭✭✭ Jequ0n

    Yes of course. As stated above I am not a fan of banning things.

    Having grown up in a country in which most schools are mixed I cannot see what the concerns would be. To me it just seems perfectly natural to have girls and boys “grow up” together in the same school.

    I am genuinely curious in the discussion.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,177 ✭✭✭ Fandymo

    Two of my mates went to all male schools. We were talking with one set of parents on a night out a while ago and asked what made them send him to an all male school. Their reasoning was that there would be less distractions with no females to be flirting with or showing off to while in school. No doey eyes across the classroom to his little girlfriend, or not wanting to go into school and have to see them after a break up. Which I think is reasonable enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,488 ✭✭✭ timmyntc

    They are hardly paying for double of everything - were the schools to be merged, there wouldnt be massive amount of redundancy. Classrooms and staff are all necessary to cater for the number of students. Thats hardly going to change if you double both the students and the staff.

    The same argument could be made for sending children to a single sex school or gaelscoil either. Outright bans just limit people's choice.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,865 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985

    Out of curiosity why do people who like same sex schools choose them ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,548 ✭✭✭ mikethecop

    satire ? or you really actually had some faith left in alan kelly ?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,700 ✭✭✭ sprucemoose

    Maybe not now, but I'd be fairly sure part of the reason for the prevalence of single sex schools in the past was that teenagers couldnt be trusted with the opposite sex. Catholic guilt and all that.

    Fee paying schools should be allowed to do what they want, but public schools should be mixed. You say nobody is forcing children to attend single sex schools but as many others have also pointed out, in lots of places in Ireland there is simply no other option. In my local town, the options were to go to either of the single sex schools or to the mixed vocational school. Unfortunately that meant there really wasn't much of a choice if a student had any sort of academic interest, the single sex schools were the only option