In his book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell says the tipping point is “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”. It’s the point when the incoherent and diffuse combine and become the potent and unstoppable.
Tipping points can occur in fashion.
It happened with hipster beards. Stylish beards were once rare. Then sometime around 2012, George Clooney and Ben Affleck grew some face fuzz. Quickly afterwards the whole thing passed its tipping point of acceptance and every second guy on the street had a manscaped jawline. The important thing to note is that the tipping point happened way before its inevitable adoption by a larger group of real men catching up to the trend.
Tipping points occur in society too.
There was a time when nearly everyone opposed the idea of marriage equality. Then in the early part of the last decade more people started to support the idea. Then, who knows when – maybe during season three of Will and Grace, positive attitudes towards LGBT people and support levels for marriage equality passed the tipping point. Passing the tipping point meant that the insignificant number had become a potent minority. The minority was not going to stop campaigning. The minority were now growing; were substantial and were going to campaign and agitate, until they convinced enough people of the case for marriage equality. The end result? It became reality.
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So what does all this have to do with our campaign in County Kildare? What does the latest census say about supporters of truly egalitarian, multi-denominational education in our community?
The campaign group love hearing personal stories and were delighted to hear from children attending an Educate Together second-level and what they love about their school. From the students:
The campaign group love getting personal stories, but we particularly love to hear what is great about teaching in an Educate Together second-level. From a teacher:
I have had the pleasure of teaching in a second level Educate Together School for the past three years.
The ethos of “no child an outsider” allows me to teach in a variety of creative ways which is inclusive of all abilities.
Local parent Enda Rochford speaks with KFM’s Shane Beatty about the lack of choice available for parents and children at both national school and secondary level and how the domination of schools under religious patronage fails to reflect the multicultural and multi-denominational country that Ireland has become in recent years
Read Enda’s article in full here
There’s an ad on the TV at the moment with the catchphrase “Change is good”. It could also say that change is inevitable. The modern Ireland we now live in, needs modern schools and a modern approach to education. The time for change is NOW.
Parent Enda shares his story: Having already experienced refusal on denominational grounds at primary level, he now fears for secondary – No Faith. What School Choice Will My Sons Really Have?
Is it good enough to expect parents to just be glad their child has a school place? With the ever increasing demand for secondary places locally, parent Paula explains Why Any School Place is Just NOT Good Enough, and why providing an alternative choice in secondary education in Kildare South will ensure the needs of all children in the area are met.
Was it really so long ago, when it was just a given that you would continue on to the local second-level school, with most of your friends? Lyn, just one of the many parents who has been impacted by admission policies change in her local second-level school, writes about the effect on her family, and wants to know if Certainty & Equality in Second-level provision are really too much to ask for in 2016?
Concerned about the lack of options available to us locally, this is Why I Want a Second-level Educate Together School Here for my Daughter.
We are extremely concerned that there is no second-level option for our children locally. What will we do?
Why bother campaigning for a school you don’t want to use?
South Kildare is hosting a campaign in support of the foundation of an Educate Together Secondary School to serve the town of Newbridge and the wider locality.
From the first day that the project was explained to me, I have been in favour of the establishment of such a school, although it wouldn’t be my first, or even second, choice for my own children.