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Catholic Primary Education: Facing new Challenges
Edited by Eugene Duffy
Published:30 March 2012
This book is a collection of essays examining primarily the role of the Catholic Church in primary schools in Ireland. In actual fact it looks at the very nature of education in our contemporary society preoccupied as it is with utilitarian rather than spiritual values. The contributors are educationists, parents, lecturers, priests and a bishop from Ireland and beyond. They even question whether denominational education is any longer viable in the new demographic profile of schools throughout Ireland. There has been a flood of new immigrants from Europe and beyond, many from non-Christian countries. These essays are important, not only for Ireland, but for the wider society, not only for the Catholic contribution to the education of the young but for the contribution any religious organisation can make in the school.
Reviewer: John Irvine (16/07/12)