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The political morality of school composition: the case of religious selection

Swift, ARG; Clayton, M; Mason, A; Wareham, R; (2019) The political morality of school composition: the case of religious selection. British Journal of Political Science 10.1017/S0007123418000649. Green open access

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Abstract

This article presents a normative framework for the assessment of education policies and applies it to the issue of schools’ selecting their students on the basis of religious criteria. Such policies can be justified, and challenged, on many different grounds; public debate is not conducted in terms adequate to the task. The authors’ main objectives are to supplement with non-consequentialist considerations a recent, consequentialist, approach to the normative assessment of education policy proposed by Brighouse et al. (2016, 2018), and to apply the proposed framework to issues of school composition and selection. They argue, further, that policies allowing schools to select all their students on the basis of their parents’ religious affiliation cannot be justified.

Type: Article
Title: The political morality of school composition: the case of religious selection
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0007123418000649
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123418000649
Language: English
Additional information: © Cambridge University Press 2019.. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: education policy; school admissions; religious schools; parents’ rights; children’s rights
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061920
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