ERIC Number: EJ821530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
The Conscience Clause in Religious Education and Collective Worship: Conscientious Objection or Curriculum Choice?
Louden, Lois M. R.
British Journal of Religious Education, v26 n3 p273-284 Sep 2004
The "conscience clause" allows parents to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship; however, the reasons why parents might wish so to do are not stated in the legislation. This article looks briefly at the legal issues to do with the place of religious education in the school curriculum, the type of religious education to be provided in schools without a religious affiliation (including an exploration of the meaning of the "Cowper-Temple" clause), and at the grounds on which parents may wish to exercise the conscience clause. It shows conclusively that withdrawal may only occur on the grounds of conscientious objection, not as a matter of choice. (Contains 4 notes.)
Descriptors: Religious Education, Religion, Parent Attitudes, Legal Responsibility, Educational Legislation, Withdrawal (Education), Educational History, Parent Rights, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom