Morality and Citizenship in English Schools

Secular Approaches, 1897–1944

  • Susannah Wright

Part of the Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000 book series (HISASE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Susannah Wright
    Pages 1-16
  3. Susannah Wright
    Pages 17-50
  4. Susannah Wright
    Pages 83-113
  5. Susannah Wright
    Pages 209-220
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-251

About this book


This book sheds new light on early twentieth-century secularism by examining campaigns to challenge dominant Christian approaches to the teaching of morality and citizenship in English schools, and to offer superior alternatives. It brings together, for the first time, the activities of different educators and pressure groups, operating locally, nationally and internationally, over a period of 47 years. Who were these activists? What ideological and organisational resources did they draw on? What proposals did they make? And how did others respond to their views? Secularist activists represented a minority, but offered a recurrent challenge to majority views and shaped ongoing educational debates. They achieved some, albeit limited, influence on policy and practice. They were divided among themselves and by 1944 had failed to supplant majority views. But, with the place of religious and secular ideals in schools remaining a subject of debate, this analysis has resonance today. 


Education Morals Secularism Citizenship twentieth-century

Authors and affiliations

  • Susannah Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationOxford Brookes University School of EducationOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-39943-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-39944-1
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