ERIC Number: EJ1173708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
What Is the Point of Religious Education?
Clayton, Matthew; Stevens, David
Theory and Research in Education, v16 n1 p65-81 Mar 2018
Some liberal societies continue to require their schools to offer non-directive but, specifically, religious education as part of the curriculum. This article challenges that practice. It does so by articulating and defending the moral requirement that education policy must be regulated by principles that are acceptable to reasonable people. Thereafter, we argue that the leading arguments for prioritizing the study of religion in schools--arguments that claim that religion is special or that assert that the majority or parents are morally permitted to prioritize religion in schooling--are incompatible with the acceptability requirement.
Descriptors: Religious Education, Role of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Principles, Cultural Pluralism, Ideology, Required Courses, Educational Philosophy, Democracy, Foreign Countries
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