ERIC Number: EJ1049304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
The Continued Existence of State-Funded Catholics Schools in Scotland
McKinney, Stephen J.; Conroy, James C.
Comparative Education, v51 n1 p105-117 2015
Catholic schools in Scotland have been fully state-funded since the 1918 Education (Scotland) Act. Under this Act, 369 contemporary Catholic schools are able to retain their distinctive identity and religious education and the teachers have to be approved by the Catholic hierarchy. Similar to the position of other forms of state-funded and partially state-funded faith schools in Europe, the position of state-funded Catholic schools in Scotland has been contested. This paper initially locates the debate and discussion about Catholic schools in Scotland in the history and development of the wider faith schools debate in the UK, particularly England and Wales. The paper outlines the key themes in the debate on faith schooling in England and Wales identifying the similarities between the debate in Scotland and England and Wales and the distinctive features of the debate in Scotland. The paper will then focus on a critical examination and analysis of two key themes concerning state-funded Catholic schools in the Scottish context. The first theme is the debate over the continuation of government funding of Catholic schooling as it is effectively government funding of religious beliefs and practices for a particular Christian denomination. The second theme is more unique to Scotland and has some tenuous links to the debate on faith schools in Northern Ireland: the claims that Catholic schools are the root cause of sectarianism or contribute to sectarianism.
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Finance, Catholic Schools, Foreign Countries, Religious Education, Educational History, Beliefs, Religious Factors, Conflict, Educational Administration, Catholic Educators, Teacher Selection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Scotland); United Kingdom (Wales)