She concedes that Church of England and Catholic Schools are applying increasingly rigorous admissions criteria. Muslim, Sikh or Hindu schools are still a novelty and it has yet to be seen whether the standards they wish to apply will be as exacting as those of some Jewish, Catholic or C of E schools.
Why does Ms Brown wish to deprive the educators of these new schools the opportunity to apply similar or more rigorous standards themselves?The issue which is foremost in the mind of any right-thinking parent is the standard of education and not necessarily whether the school espouses a religious doctrine.
There is an assumption in Ms Brown's argument which is unfounded; namely, that the new religious schools are in some way below standard, or will deprive children of learning about other cultures. It seems a bit hasty, at this stage, to make such assumptions.
Q N AHMED
Hertford College, OxfordReuse content