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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Should we allow faith schools at all?

With all the controversy in the last year or two over the government's free schools programme, the issue of state-funded faith schools has been somewhat eclipsed. This isn't because their expansion has been at all reduced – if anything it has been accelerated – but public attention has shifted. Events of the past few weeks should reignite the debate, as a fuller picture emerges than ever before of just how our education system is manipulated, and the rights of children negatively affected by the ongoing, ramifying policy error that the existence of state-funded religious schools represents.
At the end of March, the Church of England published the Chadwick report. This ambitious report set out an aim to establish 200 more Anglican schools over the next five years. The report threatens church schools that will be more evangelical than in the past, and outlined as a "key premise that applies equally to children of the faith, of other faiths and of no faith" that schools would "work towards every child and young person having a life-enhancing encounter with the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ". Michael Gove subsequently welcomed the report, saying that he would "extend the role of the church in the provision of schools". Read more...

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