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.

NICOLAS WALTER

Rationalist Press Association 88 Islington High Street London N1

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