Catholic schools in Scotland: A rejoinder to Conroy

S Bruce

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In a recent article in this journal James Conroy presents a spirited defence of the state funding of Catholic schools in Scotland. In so doing he repeatedly but mistakenly presents me as someone who has called for the ending of such funding. He also imputes to all opponents of Catholic schools a basic hostility to Catholicism. In this response, I clarify my position, question the accuracy of Conroy's account of Scottish responses to Catholic schools, identify a crucial difference between sociology and public polemic and then consider the propriety of the state funding of faith schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-277
Number of pages9
JournalOxford Review of Education
Publication statusPublished - 2003




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