Education since the Late Eighteenth Century

N. C. Fleming

in Ulster Since 1600

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583119
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744822 | DOI:
Education since the Late Eighteenth Century

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Modernising and democratising societies require mass literacy. The nineteenth century was an age of state initiatives for education of the people. By 1900 Ireland had levels of basic literacy and numeracy that were comparable to those of leading societies elsewhere in the world. There were also limited advances in relation to secondary and university education but education was a continuing site of conflict between the British state (and later on the statelet of Northern Ireland) and the major denominations. The churches were also in conflict with each other over access to young minds. Each sought a monopolistic position in relation to the doctrinal formation of its adherents. Segregation or ‘benign apartheid’ was, and still is, the order of the day. To use D.H. Akenson's resonant phrase, this meant that ‘education and enmity’ co-existed at the very heart of the already divided society of Northern Ireland.

Keywords: education; literacy; numeracy; modernising; schools; university; segregation; enmity; denomination; apartheid

Chapter.  8115 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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