Furthering national values through religion in public school education: Comparing the United States, Australia and South Africa

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Title Furthering national values through religion in public school education: Comparing the United States, Australia and South Africa
Author Waal, E de; Mawdsley, RD; Cumming, Jacqueline Joy
Journal Name Journal for Juridical Science
Year Published 2010
Place of publication South Africa
Publisher University of the Free State, Faculty of Law
Abstract Changing support, rejection or indifference to religion has shaped the relationship between government and religion in the United States, Australia and South Africa. The place of religion as moulder of national values in education has been determined by judicial interpretation in the United States, by legislature in Australia and by legislation, administration and constitutional interpretation in South Africa. These countries have faced the challenges of whether and how to permit the propagation of religious values into public education. Having a more accommodationist interpretation, Australia has well nigh furthered Christian values at public schools, which would not be allowed under the United States Constitution. South Africa has evolved its own legislative, judicial and administrative approach to addressing religion at schools from a perspective of impartiality, while aspiring to urge learners to achieve higher levels of moral judgment. The three approaches imply fundamental constitutional, political and judicial differences that allow little commonality. The varied legal mechanisms used by the three countries namely reflect differing historical and legal developments.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.ajol.info/index.php/jjs/article/view/64585
Copyright Statement Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this journal. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the authors for more information.
Volume 35
Issue Number Special Issue 1
Page from 45
Page to 70
ISSN 0258-252X
Date Accessioned 2011-03-23
Date Available 2011-08-15T06:40:21Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Law and Legal Studies; Specialist Studies in Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38937
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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