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‘Faith Schools’ in England: The Humanist Critique

  • Andrew CopsonEmail author
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Abstract

Humanist organisations and individuals have been some of the most vocal critics of both new and existing state-funded ‘faith schools’ in England. This chapter explores the main criticisms of law and practice that have been made of selective admissions, of selective employment criteria, and of the curriculum and examine the source of these criticisms. These sources include human rights discourse, assumptions about the state and society, and humanist philosophies of education.

Keywords

Faith schools Humanism Humanist Academies Free schools Religious education Discrimination Human rights Admissions discrimination Employment discrimination British Humanist Association Church of England Children’s rights Secularism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.British Humanist AssociationLondonUK

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