AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT
SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
20 July 2006
THE 1872 SECULAR PROVISION IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
HAVE BEEN RETAINED IN
EDUCATION AND TRAINING REFORM ACT 2006 (VIC)
The 1872 Secular provision was a
great idea because SUCH A PROVISION:
Assists social cohesion:
A major reason for the retention of a secular
provision was stated by the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter
in the McCallum Case in 1948 as follows: " Public Education is
..."Designed to serve as perhaps the most powerful agency for
promoting cohesion among a heterogeneous democratic people, the
public school must keep scrupulously free from entanglement in the
strife of sects...The public school is at once the symbol of our
democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting our common
destiny. In no activity of the State is it more vital to keep out
divisive forces than in its schools."
IS A REFUSAL TO
SUPPORT RELIGIOUS DIVISION within the public (State) school
system. A Protestant School could be just the start. The State could
be called upon to support all the different types of schools -
Moslem, Greek Orthodox, Hare Krishna within a Public (State) system.
PRESSURE ON THE STATE TO SUPPORT SOCIAL DIVISION within
the Public (State) system. If the State were to support religious,
sectional interests, then why should not they support other
sectional interests be they based on colour, culture, class or
IS GOOD ECONOMIC
SENSE. It is cheaper to have one type of school than support a
multitude of different type of schools, e.g. increased cost of
CHANCES OF WEAKENING THE FIGHTING STRENGTH OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS It
lessens the possibility of energy being spent in religious disputes,
in schools and between schools. This allows more energy to be spent
on defending the Public School System.
DANGER OF FIFTH COLUMNISTS. It reduces the chances of allies of
Church Schools being caught up and involved in the Public Education
RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION .It assists in treating all religions
fairly by not discriminating between those who pass on their
religion in Day or Sunday Schools.
INEQUALITIES by assisting the State to treat small and large
religious denominations equally.
PRESSURE OF THE STATE TO SUPPORT MORE AND MORE RELIGION
The above is
based on an extract from a full page DOGS Advertisement in the
Canberra Times on November 4, 1983, p. 11. The effects of State Aid
to private schools and the more recent eroding of the secular provision
of the 2006 Victorian Education Act has proved the truth of the above
THE SAKE OF THE WELL BEING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION AND SOCIAL HARMONY ,
SCHOOL SUPPORTERS DEMAND THAT THE 1872 SECULARITY PROVISION BE RESTORED.
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