Faith in education

The politics of state funding and the "new" christian schooling in Australia

Colin Symes, Kalervo N. Gulson*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity is growing in popularity in Australia, concurrent with the ascendancy of the new Christian school. This article examines the historical and policy landscapes that have given rise to this educational phenomenon and draws some links with other education systems, particularly the United States. It is argued that, in Australia, a propitious setting for the rise of new Christian schools has been created through the interplay of evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity, Australia's Constitution, and an enabling neoliberal policy environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-249
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Policy
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

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