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Faith Schooling: Principles and Policies

About the Project

Funded by a generous grant from the Spencer Foundation, Matthew Clayton, Andrew Mason, Adam Swift and Ruth Wareham are attempting to bridge the divide between abstract philosophical principles and concrete policy recommendations in the area of religious schooling. They are undertaking innovative research on normative questions concerning the moral basis of the family, parents’ rights to raise their children in accordance with their own beliefs and values, children’s right to autonomy, and the state’s interest in social cohesion and the creation of future citizens. But they are also moving from ideal theory (or 'theory of ideals') into non-ideal (or applied) theory, by combining this philosophical enterprise with the best available relevant empirical studies, across a range of polities, to produce a morally defensible and politically feasible regulatory framework for the UK. Issues covered include whether faith schools should receive public funding, and how they should be regulated with respect to admissions and curriculum.

The project runs from 2015 to 2018.