Open options education and children's religious upbringing: a critical review of current discussions taking place in the UK parliament

Hill, Ryan (2019) Open options education and children's religious upbringing: a critical review of current discussions taking place in the UK parliament. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. ISSN 2047-0789

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Abstract

Ensuring open minds and open options education has recently been suggested by the UK House of Lords as a State role that can and should override parents’ decisions in relation to their children’s religious upbringing and education. Yet the language used in their Lordship’s debates risks failing to respect the nature and purpose of legally enshrined parental rights in this area and of being perceived as potential bias that rests on a set of assumptions difficult to adequately determine. Through reference to various writings and case law on the interplay between parents’ rights relating to religious upbringing and the State’s obligations to education, along with an in-depth analysis of the notion of indoctrination, this paper critiques their Lordships’ discussions over this complex and highly charged issue by highlighting some of the problems confronting their discussions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Parental Rights, freedom of religion, education, indoctrination, open futures
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 11:09
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:07
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704931

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