Monday October 26, 2020

Cherishing all educational rights equally

The right of parents to be the 'primary' educators of their children is enshrined in the Constitution. writes Claire O'Connor.

15th June, 2013
Monica O'Connor and Eddie O'Neill were fined for failing to register two of their children with the National Education Welfare Board. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

The decision of Carlow District Court to fine a couple €2,000 for asserting a constitutional right to educate their children at home is not an example of the state dominating the education process, but rather a recognition of the fact that the rights of Irish children are protected by having a system which checks that they are receiving a certain minimum education.

In Ireland, the right to educate at home is subject to the state's...

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