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Divine schooling

The education in religious schools is not what it's cracked up to be

By Ben Rogers   December 2001

The postwar British establishment is rightly said to have had an unusually enlightened sense of public duty. The NHS, the Arts Council and Lord Reith’s BBC were among its ornaments.

The Reithian spirit also affected the Anglican church. For instance, 1970 saw the publication of the Durham report on religious education, which addressed, among other matters, the future of C of E schools. Durham distinguished between two functions that religious schools might serve; a general or service function, offering education for its own sake, and a domestic or nurture function, inculcating the faith. It then went on to argue in…

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