Are Faith Schools Divisive?
Divisiveness is defined as a cause of disagreement. Faith schools as a subject certainly causes discussion between many societies. The introduction of faith schools has been a controversial matter to many people residing in areas where faith schools are dominant. Many may argue that such education systems are the cause of segregation from childhood solely on the basis of religion. Focusing on modern Britain, it can be noted that Britain has developed into a multicultural society and an effort has been made to integrate various ethnic minorities from diverse backgrounds but are such institutes counterproductive of the aim of a harmonious and equal society? Every faith group depicted to have a relation to faith school disagree to the idea of them being divisive. The distinction that lies between secular state schools and faith schools is that of religious implication and significance. The emphasis on the religious aspect of teaching is less applied in state schools. The same system of education is implemented in both types of schools but the idea is alternate where scheme of boarding applies. For being restricted to one particular surrounding and attaining education in a constricted environment can lead to a negative social impact. The issue is not in relation to the division of people as everyone is free from valued judgment but rather it is directed towards external factors such as the adverse consequence it has socially. In addition, do faith schools portray an attitude of exclusivity to a particular religious and in essence display it as superior to others. Further consideration has to be taken into account in order to initiate a solid decision against faith schools. Could the environment be the cause to social phenomena? Can you impose a judgment on faith schools that indicate the outcome of social negativity as an intentional cause or is it an unintended consequence? Many religions out the worldwide faiths have established...
Bibliography: 1. FAITH SCHOOLS consensus or conflict? (2005) Roy Gardner, Jo Cairns and Denis Lawton published RoutledgeFalmer: USA & CANADA
2. Runnymede Reports – BERKELEY: RIGHT TO DIVIDE? Chapter 3
3. British Humanist Association (2002) A Better Way Forward: BHA Policy on Religion and Schools, London: BHA
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