Children in Schools: The Battle Ground of Religious Belief

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The best interests of the child is the fundamental cornerstone of law regulating the care and upbringing of children. What is looks like in relation to religion and education is contested. This paper explores the different approaches of the courts to religious expression in schools. While some States have sought to establish an educational environment free from religion, others have embraced a multi-faith approach permitting and even encouraging diverse religious expression in schools. Which approach is adopted ultimately depends upon the states understanding of secularism and its role in education. Neither approach is neutral as both involve the privileging of some worldviews over others.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe University of Western Australia Law Review
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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