Friday, 30 October 2009

Faith schools, racial purity, and the moral high ground

LINK to Guardian article, Holy texts and lineage are no way to assemble state schools, by Simon Jenkins
The spectacle of the supreme court trying this week to decide whether racial purity should be the basis for admission to state education shows how close we still are to the dark ages.
Why does Simon introduce the nonsensical concept of racial purity (which, in contrast to "racial or ethnic identity", everyone knows does not exist) into this issue - unless it is to demonstate his own "colourblindness" and moral superiority . . ?
If a church or school or club wants to be exclusive, whether by race, sex, affinity or cigars, I believe society should be robust enough to stand the strain . . . But I am against eccentricity or exclusivity being validated with public money.
Those organizing and staffing faith schools, along with those whose children attend them, are surely also taxpayers and thus entitled to as much state funding, per pupil, as goes into the average state school. In which case, it should be entirely up to them, or any other independent (non-state) school, to decide how they select their pupils.

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