Friday, 12 October 2012

Ultra Orthodox Jewish Education

The issue of faith schools is becoming an ever debated area given the recent developments. (See my earlier post: http://thinkrights.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/faith-schools.html)

The Court of Appeal has recently ruled that Ultra Orthodox Jewish education is not in the best interests of the child. See G (Children), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 1233

This is a particularly interesting case as it includes a discussion of happiness and the good life, the welfare of the child and the benefits of secular education.

Karwan Eskerie has commented in some detail on this case in the UK Human Rights blog: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2012/10/11/in-the-name-of-god-ultra-orthodox-jewish-education-not-in-childrens-best-interest-rules-court-of-appeal/

It is interesting to note that on the flip side of this concern about faith schools or perhaps too much religious education, there are serious concerns about academies and particular the Baccalaureate omitting Religious Education/Studies from the curriculum. (See my earlier post:http://thinkrights.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/religious-education-in-schools.html )

3 comments:

  1. An interesting Supreme Court judgement on a similar subject (but this time on the admission process) saw the Court being split 5-4. This case is an example of the usual conflict between Tradition and Universalism. Here's an online version of the judgement: http://www.supremecourt.gov.uk/decided-cases/docs/UKSC_2009_0136_Judgment.pdf

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  2. Does education mean more or less religion?
    http://epiphenom.fieldofscience.com/2012/07/does-education-mean-more-or-less.html

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