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The faith school debate needs to change

Both sides of the faith-based education debate have some work to do to find ways to balance equality and difference

By Elizabeth Oldfield  

Why has faith-based education grown so rapidly?

Few things are guaranteed to provoke stronger reactions from parents than the difficulty of getting their children into good state schools. Add religion into the mix and you have a heady cocktail. No surprise then that “faith schools” has become a subject of perennial debate. The highly polarised positions taken on issues relating to religious identity have exacerbated social divisions and made it more difficult for us to live all together in an inclusive manner.

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