Faith-based schools: institutionalising parallel lives?

John Flint

in Faith in the public realm

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420305
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302285 | DOI:
Faith-based schools: institutionalising parallel lives?

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This chapter examines whether faith-based schools contribute to ‘parallel lives’. It begins by describing the provision of state-funded faith-based schooling in the UK and how faith-based schools have been conceptualised within public discourses on cohesion. The chapter then explores the impact of faith-based schools on three key dimensions of social cohesion: the sociospatial segregation; the inculcation of values; and the disparities in educational attainment. By assessing the implication of faith-based schools on the dimensions of social cohesion, the role played by such schools on institutionalising ‘parallel lives’ are illuminated. In addition to discussing the impact of faith-based schools, the chapter also discusses the educational policy challenges related to faith-based schools and provides a summary of issues and policy frameworks in other countries. The chapter ends by recommending that state-funded faith-based schools should be accommodated within a multicultural society; however this requires a greater degree of pragmatism and compromise among faith communities.

Keywords: faith-based schools; parallel lives; state-funded faith-based schooling; social cohesion; sociospatial segregation; inculcation of values; disparities in education; educational policy challenges

Chapter.  7365 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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