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Faith in Schools?
Autonomy, Citizenship, and Religious Education in the Liberal State
Ian MacMullen

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Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1

PART I: Civic Education and Religious Schools 13

CHAPTER 1: The Civic Case against Religious Schools 15
The Civic Goals of Education 16
Civic Goals as the Only Goals of Public Education Policy 21
Do Religious Schools Make Good Citizens? 29
The Civic Value of Religious Schools 35
Responses and Conclusions 37

CHAPTER 2: Civic Education and the Autonomy Problem in Political Liberalism 41
Conflicting Educational Goals: Three Approaches to Resolution 41
Liberalism without Political Primacy 49
Is Autonomy a "Cost" of Civic Education? 54
Liberal Democratic Principles Presuppose the Value of Autonomy 60
Conclusion 62

PART II: Autonomy as a Public Value 65

CHAPTER 3: Autonomy, Identity, and Choice 67
Autonomy as Ongoing Rational Reflection 69
Caricatures of Rational Autonomy 73
The Nature of Autonomous Reflection 81
Conclusion 86

CHAPTER 4: The Value of Autonomy in a Pluralist World 88
John Stuart Mill, Joseph Raz, and the Intrinsic Value of Autonomy 88
Contemporary Liberal Responses to Mill: The Neutrality Condition 92
Autonomy and Moral Responsibility 93
Arguments for the Instrumental Value of Autonomy 96
The Instrumental Value of Autonomy and the Neutrality Principle 103
Conclusion 111

CHAPTER 5: Autonomy as a Goal of Education Policy: Objections and Responses 113
Parental Rights and Interests 113
"Parents Are People Too" 119
The Death Knell for Traditional Ways of Life? 124
Other Objections and Responses 129
Conclusion 136

PART III: Religious Schools and Education for Autonomy 137

CHAPTER 6: Secular Public Schools: Critiques and Responses 139
What's Wrong with Secular Education? 141
Public Control of Schools 147
Authority and Autonomy 151
Conclusion 155

CHAPTER 7: Religious Secondary Schools as Threat to Autonomy? 157
The Development of Autonomy Cannot Be Taken for Granted 157
The Autonomy Case against Religious Schools 162
Hallmarks of Permissible Religious Secondary Schools 169
Regulation and Entanglement 175
Conclusions and Policy Implications 179

CHAPTER 8: The Role of Religious Primary Schools 182
Age-Sensitive Education 182
Primary Culture and Identity 184
Reasoning within an Ethical Framework 188
Cognitive Development and Autonomous Reflection 190
Maintaining the Option of Autonomous Religious Belief 193
Hallmarks of Permissible Religious Primary Schools 197
Conclusion 202

Conclusion 205
Bibliography 221
Index 227

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