What if, there had been full secular schooling…

Not sure I completely agree that France is the best example of secular schooling, since there is a significant Catholic sector there that does well out of parental dissatisfaction over the way enormous state Lycees and Colleges churn through correspondingly large numbers of students. But Beano believes not only that secular schooling is the way forward, but points out that in its early history, Northern Ireland attempted to roll out just such a project.

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