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Not Christian? You may still want to consider a Christian school. Here's why

By Mums At The Table 1 min read
Friday, September 13, 2019

“Teachers are one of the few groups of people in society who can tell other people what to do in their discretionary time and—by and large—they obey.” 

David I Smith is professor of education at Calvin University, Michigan, USA, and he has spent decades thinking about how education really forms people. He says that there’s no such thing as a “vanilla” or “neutral” education—and that even a maths or a French textbook will imply a whole way of seeing the world and other people. 

Given that about a third of Australian schools are religious, and that faith-based education is the subject of nervousness on both the left and right of politics these days, it’s worth asking: why do parents who aren’t religious want to send their kids to Christian schools? What’s the content of a “Christian” education? And what happens when religious schools get it wrong?

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