The Liberal State's Response to Religious Visions of Education

Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, (vol. 44, no. 1, 2005)

William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 9-230

38 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2012

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This article responds to several commentators on my work relating to religious schooling. I highlight the inclination of scholarly defenders of religious schooling to insist that religious schooling need not be, and perhaps generally is not, illiberal, and I ask on what basis they themselves valorize this contestable form of child rearing. I also highlight the tendency of defenders of religious schooling to refrain from offering any solution to the problem, which they sometimes acknowledge, that some religious schools clearly are illiberal and therefore arguably harm children developmentally.

Keywords: religious schools, First Amendment, indoctrination, liberal education

Suggested Citation

Dwyer, James Gerard, The Liberal State's Response to Religious Visions of Education (2005). Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, (vol. 44, no. 1, 2005); William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 9-230. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2168938

James Gerard Dwyer (Contact Author)

William & Mary Law School ( email )

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P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States

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