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Tracey Miskella

I applaud our Education Minister's stance regarding fast-tracking grant aid for the secondary school in question. At the very least it is a display of politial will. Ireland's growing ecomomic system has indeed lead to patterns of change particullary in our choice of educational establishments for our children. We have a workforce with the means available to 'invest' in private education if so chosen. For working class families and their children, attending private education has been seen as the way forward. 'Positive Discrimination' alongside a economic 'Educational Market' appears to be the key issues behind our changing opinions.Some traditional commentators may view this as a violation of social order and norms within a class system. However without addressing cultural status, private education may, in some part only prove to isolate our children in their differences, regardless of vocal accent.

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