Journal article

Religious education in public schools: An international human rights perspective

C Evans

Human Rights Law Review | Published : 2008

Abstract

The question of whether and how public schools in Europe (and, indeed, in liberal democracies more generally) should introduce religion into the classroom has become increasingly important. Children need to be given the tools to understand the role of religion in their society and in the world, but they must be protected from indoctrination by their teachers or school officials. This article takes international human rights principles as a standard against which different approaches to incorporating education about religion into public school curricula can be judged. It argues that 'plural religious education' is the approach to religion in public schools that best complies with internationa..

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