This collection of essays, arising from the Catholic Primary Education: Facing New Horizons conference, is a timely contribution to an important debate by writers with a genuine commitment to Catholic primary education in modern Ireland.
The topics covered include the very nature of education and the challenges it faces in a society so preoccupied by economics and in danger of losing sight of its more deeply rooted values of truth, freedom and empathy. This is followed by an exploration of the rationale for the Church’s involvement in educational provision, and an exploration of the nature of, and challenges to, the Catholic primary school in twenty-first century Ireland. There are then contributions on the perspectives of patrons, managers, and parents on being involved with the primary educational system.
The collection ends with a review of what it means for a school to be a learning community, contributing to the formation of a learning society.
Contributors: Ciana Campbell, chairperson, Holy Family Senior School, Ennis; Kelvin Canavan, University of Notre Dame, Australia; Roisín Coll, University of Glasgow. Michael Cronin, DCU; Eugene Duffy, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Donal Murray, Bishop Emeritus of Limerick; Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of Kilmore; Maria Spring, Principal, St Clare’s Primary School, Dublin; David Tuohy SJ, Le Chéile.