Uphold community, not sects

19th December 1997 at 00:00
Your report (TES, December 5) of the continuing campaigns to get state funding for Muslim and Seventh Day Adventist schools refers to the recent open letter by Muslim educationists that appeals to "shared values".

It would be interesting to know which values Muslim and Adventist school share with one another and with other schools. The same question applies to the Anglican and Catholic and Jewish schools, which already get state funding.

Surely shared values are best expressed in shared schools that are owned, administered and financed by the community, whereas sectarian schools that express sectarian values and are owned and administered by religious denominations should be financed by the denominations themselves.


Rationalist Press Association 88 Islington High Street London N1

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today