A lack of faith in atheist philosopher's secular solution

27th November 2009 at 00:00

I read with interest Professor Harry Brighouse's comments about children from secular homes benefiting from faith school education ("The atheist philosopher who thinks faith schools are best for non-believers", November 20).

It's probably because he now lives in the US that he hasn't noticed this is already a fait accompli. A real examination of the faith privately practised by most who attend these schools would no doubt reveal a very convenient previous two-year period of high-profile church attendance to guarantee their offspring a place. So he needn't worry too much about the state of most children's spiritual education. What is more urgent is to shine a light on the shambolic state of school admissions and the advantages given to those in the know - religious or secular.

Helen Flynn, National executive member of the Campaign for State Education, Harrogate.

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