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The Guardian, Education Guardian, 31 Oct 2006

Doc. No. 2006.038 G041L

 

'State support for faith schools'

 

Nathan Jeffray (24 October 2006) raises a point of crucial importance. Faiths such as Judaism and Islam, which teach an entire way of living, are different from those like Anglicanism which regard religion as less all-possessing. Jeffray says a youngster’s Jewish identity is shaped, through an all-embracing ethos, at a Jewish school. The same applies to a Muslim school.

 

Schools of this type depend on an exclusivity that requires all the pupils to share the same faith. That would be destroyed by a law requiring at least a quarter of pupils to be of a different faith or none. The consequences would be serious.

 

Nevertheless my own view is that for English schools that depend largely on public money it would be right to make this change. The taxpayer ought not to be made to finance whole-life religious schooling.

 

Francis Bennion (Chairman Emeritus, Professional Association of Teachers)

 

Published in The Guardian, Education Guardian, 31 October 2006.