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Law, Religious Freedoms and Education in Europe

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Edited by: Myriam Hunter-Henin

ISBN13: 9781409427308
Published: February 2012
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This collection considers how contemporary cultural and religious diversity challenges and redefines national constitutional and legal frameworks and concepts, within the context of education. It offers a critical reflection on the extent and meanings given to religious freedom in education across Europe. The contributions deal primarily with Western Europe although the book also includes a study of the US vibrant debates on Creationism.

This volume considers issues such as religious expression, faith schooling and worship in schools, in a multidisciplinary and comparative approach. The book first examines key concepts, before presenting national models of religion and education in Europe and analyzing case studies relating to religious symbols worn at school and to the teaching of religious education.

Legal questions are examined in a wider context, in the light of the intentions of state policy and of current national and transnational debates. Controversies on the legal implications of personal and national identities are for example analyzed. From a comparative perspective, the chapters examine the possible converging power of human rights and anti-discrimination discourses and reveal the difficulties and risks involved in seeking to identify the best model for Europe.

This topical study of a highly sensitive area of education presents a valuable insight for students, researchers and academics with an interest in cultural and religious diversity, human rights and education.

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Subjects:
Education Law
Contents:
Foreword, Robert Jackson
Preface, Myriam Hunter-Henin
Introduction: religious freedoms in European schools: contrasts and convergence, Myriam Hunter-Henin
Part I Key Concepts: Laïcité, Integration, Identity and Discrimination: The classroom as an integration lab, Lorenzo Zucca
Jewish schools in France: mapping Jewish identity proposals, Martine Cohen
having faith in our schools: struggling with religious definitions, Arif Jamal and Farid Panjwani
Religious discrimination and schools: the employment of teachers and the public sector duty, Lucy Vickers.
Part II National Models: Religion, regionalism and education in the United Kingdom: tales from Wales, Russell Sandberg and Anna Buchanan
Religion and education in Northern Ireland: voluntary segregation reflecting historical divisions, Christopher McCrudden
The French model: tensions between laic and religious allegiances in French state and Catholic schools, Blandine Chélini-Pont
Religious education in a religiously neutral state: the German model, Heinrich de Wall
The controversy surrounding the denominational teaching of religion in Spanish state schools, Javier García Oliva.
Part III Case Studies: The Influence of religion on Teaching Content and School Ethos: Religious education in multi-faith Europe in the 21st century, Peter Crumper
Opt-outs: a sufficient means to protect religious liberty in schools?, Alison Mawhinney, Ulrike Niens, Norman Richardson and Ko Chiba
History textbooks within the framework of the French laïcité, Anna van den Kerchove
Evolution, creationism, and intelligent design in US schools – with some European comparisons, Eric Barendt
Beating people is wrong: Campbell and Cosans, Williamson and their aftermath, Frank Cranmer.
Part IV Case Studies: religious Symbols at School: Crosses, bracelets, rings and veils: the accommodation of religious symbols in the uniform policies of English schools, Mark Hill
A uniform approach to religious discrimination? The position of teachers and other school staff in the UK, Russell Sandberg
Of crucifixes and headscarves: religious symbols in German schools, Tobias Lock
Index.