1st Edition

The Future of Publicly Funded Faith Schools
A Critical Perspective

ISBN 9781138569683
Published March 26, 2018 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

The Future of Publicly Funded Faith Schools addresses and critically examines the arguments both for and against the continued maintenance of faith-based schools within a publicly funded state system. Addressing the issue systemically, first grounding the discussion in the practical world of education before raising the central philosophical issues stemming from faith-based education, it provides a balanced synthesis of the different arguments surrounding faith schools.

The book expounds upon the different threats facing faith-based schools, including their perceived potential to undermine social cohesion within a multi-cultural society, and the questioning of their right to receive public funding, and examines what these mean for their future. Examining these threats, it questions:

  • What it means for a school to be ‘faith-based’.
  • The nature of religious education both within and without a faith-based school environment.
  • The ethical, epistemological, and political issues arising from faith-based education.
  • The concepts of the common good and social cohesion.
  • Whether there is possible reconciliation between opposing parties.

The Future of Publicly Funded Faith Schools makes a unique contribution to the literature in this area and is crucial reading for anyone interested in what the future holds for publicly funded faith schools including academics, researchers, and postgraduate students in the fields of education, religious studies, policy, and politics of education, sociology, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Context  Chapter 1: Contemporary Political and Cultural Context  Chapter 2: Historical Background and the Current Position  Chapter 3: Making Sense of Facts and Figures  Chapter 4: International Perspective  Part 2: Religious Education  Chapter 5: Three Traditions  Chapter 6: Response to the Secular Age  Chapter 7: Religious Education: An Extended Vision  Chapter 8: Service to Society  Part 3: Key Issues Emerging: The Need for Philosophy  Chapter 9: Ethics: Education and its Aims  Chapter 10: Espitemology: Knowledge, Truth and Reason in Religious Education  Chapter 11: Civic Society: Common Good and Social Pluralism  Part 4: Drawing  Conclusions  Chapter 12: For or against Faith Schools? Finding an answer

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Richard Pring is Emeritus Professor of Education, and was formerly Director of Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford, UK.