THE IRISH QUESTION.
TO TIIK EDITOR.
Sik, —" Irishman,” in answer to ray questions 1 and 3, has admitted the Government are at fault. I thought he would have to do so before this correspondence closed. Surely if the Government can coerce all Ireland, they can send the little boys and girls into school and have them taught properly, if they didn’t want them kept in ignorance, I am not "at sea” when speaking of education in Ireland for the last twenty-five years. It is only three years ago since my sister wished to send one of her children to our parents, but before doing so inquired if the school in our native village had improved, to which she received the following reply:—"The educational advantages of Rathdowney are no better, if, indeed, so good, as in your time ’’—and she is twentynine years left. Here is a state of things under priests, parsons, landlords, and Government. Verily, it is time the parents, or somebody with the work more at heart, got a trial. Question 2 I consider very pertinent, and shall always put it while North of Ireland people—both Catholic and Protestant, including Mr " Irishman ’’—keep vaunting about their superior (?) North. But one fact remains which dispels all their fiction—viz , there are as many colonists from there as any other part?, proving that " to better their fortune they crossed the big sea.”
Question 4is unanswered. It was to divide the religions, not the ages of the pupil?. Your correspondent cannot reply, and so tries to evade: but the fact still remains. Ireland’s population is mostly rural, and the country and village schools are miserable abortions, with their teachers very inferior and wretchedly paid. This payment by results is a barbarous thing, and fraught with great injury to the pupils. “ Irishman ” is evidently suffering from over-cram of some sort, for he doesn’t possess the brain power to see through bis own figures when he tells us that a town as large as Dunedin has seven schools. Why, Dunedin has twice seven, not counting the University and the Catholic and private schools. And then his nonsense about the price of books, when children cannot get in to study from them, for the fee was very much higher in the country districts than he states it! During all the years I went to school (and I attended regularly), I never once saw a Protestant minister in the playground, much less in the school—not even in the ones managed by Protestant gentlemen, notwithstanding many of the children belonged to their flocks.—l am, etc., Kate Rossbotham. Dunedin, August 19.
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THE IRISH QUESTION., Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement
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