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To: Minister for Education, Joe McHugh

Make progressive, alternative schools available to all children regardless of financial background

Make progressive, alternative schools available to all children regardless of financial background

Allocate state funding to progressive, alternative schools in Ireland, so that all children can attend without paying fees

Why is this important?

Educational researchers agree that our current mainstream school system does not align with meeting the needs of children.

We can no longer judge children's abilities in standardized testing, which ignores their creativity as well as talents and often makes them feel isolated, stupid and worthless. Especially children with additional needs are not nourished in the long outdated school system.

In most European countries progressive schools such as Montessori, Sudbury, Homeschools and Waldorf Schools have long been a welcoming space for children to flourish, to gain self confidence and to become independent and happy citizens.

Unfortunately these schools in Ireland depend fully on fundraising and fees alone because they do not receive a single cent from the Irish government. Teachers often partially work for free, because they believe in the significance of these educational establishments, and more importantly in the children's right to self-direct their learning, no matter of their financial background. It is time to allow parents and children to choose how their personalities will develop healthily, without a religious indoctrination, by letting them learn in an alternative non-denominational school.

Please add your name to this petition to collectively ask our new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, to spread the allocated funds for education more fairly by including alternative schools such as Montessori, Sudbury or Steiner, as well as homeschooling in the state funding, so that no child has to pay fees in order to grow there.

With good hopes for the future,

Carolin, a former teacher


Reasons for signing

  • As a teen growing up in a "traditional" school, I agree that these types of schools should be available to everyone. I may live in the States, but if it helps someone else not live a life that makes them feel worthless, that's all that matters in my eyes.
  • Children's education matters.
  • Because I don't have the funding to purchase what's needed for home schooling

Updates

2019-02-19 07:49:48 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-01-08 21:55:36 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-11-23 19:11:28 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-11-23 14:37:19 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-11-22 17:57:51 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-11-15 19:58:31 +0000

10 signatures reached