Secular Education and Religion

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The question ‘what role, if any, ought religion to play in public schooling?’ is one which is both controversial and emotive. This chapter explores the question, with regards to the American and European public school systems. It considers how these increasingly diverse and democratic societies reconcile issues of religion and secular education in public schooling. It addresses on-going legal conflicts in education and religion and explores some recent Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights decisions in this arena. In particular, it discusses the issues involved in the relationship between secular and religious conceptions in public schooling as well as exploring the increasingly controversial themes of religious symbolism, religious curricula content, neutrality and secularism in public schooling.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook on Secularism
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017