April 12, 2003


And also related . . . (Christianity Today: Weblog, 4/11/03)
In the current issue of Theory and Research in Education, the University of London's Michael Hand lays out an argument for the abolition of religious schools. Here's his summary:

1. Faith schools teach for belief in religious propositions.

2. No religious proposition is known to be true.

3a. Teaching for belief in not-known-to-be-true propositions is, when successful, indoctrinatory, except where teachers are perceived to be intellectual authorities on those propositions.

3b. Teachers in faith schools are not perceived to be intellectual authorities on religious propositions.


4. faith schools are, when successful, indoctrinatory.

. . . Whatever else may or may not be wrong with them, faith schools, insofar as they succeed in their religious mission, are indoctrinatory. And, since the religious mission of faith schools is precisely what distinguishes them from common schools, this is an argument not for the reform of faith schools, but for their abolition.

Mr. Hand is correct, but goes no where near far enough. We can't know anything to be true, not even that we exist, one of the knottiest problems in all of philosophy. So all schools are indoctrinary. If our standard is that there should be no indoctrination then we should just ban all schools. It's not certain they'd be missed. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2003 7:40 AM
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