The Classroom as a Tolerance Lab

LAW, RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS AND EDUCATION IN EUROPE, Myriam Hunter Henin, ed., Ashgate, Forthcoming

20 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2010 Last revised: 2 Dec 2013

Lorenzo Zucca

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Date Written: November 26, 2010

Abstract

Education is one of the main battlegrounds between religious and non religious people. There are three major sets of challenges: the challenge from religious symbols in the classroom, the challenge from religious syllabuses in schools, and the challenge from students’ selection at the entrance. I propose a model to deal with these issues, which I call “Classroom as a Tolerance Lab,” and which I distinguish from more conventional constitutional strategies of fitting diversity such as Integration and Accommodation. The Tolerance Lab promotes social cohesion by creating actual spaces where mutual understanding between religious and non-religious people is possible.

Keywords: Law, Religion, Diversity, Tolerance, Pluralism, Rights, Integration, Accommodation, Education, Classroom, Multiculturalism, Republicanism, Liberty, Equality, Solidarity

Suggested Citation

Zucca, Lorenzo, The Classroom as a Tolerance Lab (November 26, 2010). LAW, RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS AND EDUCATION IN EUROPE, Myriam Hunter Henin, ed., Ashgate, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1715475

Lorenzo Zucca (Contact Author)

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law ( email )

Somerset House East Wing
Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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