According to the Guardian, atheism will now be part of the education of students in non-religious, public schools.
In a historic move that will cheer Richard Dawkins, atheists in Ireland have secured the right to teach the republic’s primary schoolchildren that God doesn’t exist.
The first ever atheist curriculum for thousands of primary-school pupils in Ireland has been drawn up by Atheist Ireland in an education system that the Catholic church hierarchy has traditionally dominated.
The class of September 2014 will be reading texts such as Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality, his book aimed at children, as well as other material at four different primary levels, according to Atheist Ireland.
Up to 16,000 primary schoolchildren who attend the fast-growing multi-denominational Irish school sector will receive direct [instruction] on atheism as part of their basic introduction course to ethics and belief systems.
If 16,000 sounds like a low number, it is. 93% of Irish children attend schools run by the Catholic church. Those students could view class material on internet or through a smartphone app.
Still, it is a move in the right direction and makes me wonder which public schools in the US will be first to adopt a similar curriculum? And, when?