This morning (while I was in meetings all day) The Guardian published a commissioned article on ‘faith schools’ and it sparked an interesting – though sometimes predictable – discussion.
The basic argument (with evidence) is that (a) we must distinguish between ‘faith’ schools and ‘church’ schools, and (b) the latter are not divisive. What is surprising in the ensuing comments is the stubborn assumption that a ‘secular’ world view is neutral – and therefore legitimate as a basis for a school community – whereas a religious world view is not. Of course, this privilege is merely asserted and not argued for.
Anyway, the debate will continue, no doubt.