Reaching in, Reaching Out
Faith Schools, Community Engagement, and 21st-Century Skills for Intercultural Understanding
In what ways do Jewish and Muslim faith schools in Britain play a role in promoting and contributing to community cohesion? What 21st-century skills around intercultural understanding do they foster?
This book examines the nuances of faith in school settings and draws on a case study of Jewish and Muslim faith schools. The authors show how these institutions play a role in sustaining their own religious heritage while also engaging with, and keeping safe from, the wider community. It sets this case study approach within an historical perspective on faith schools and their relationship with the state in the UK and Europe, and gives an overview of key debates on faith schools. Finally, it examines practical curricula suggestions that all schools can adopt to develop skills around tolerance and engagement to prepare students to live and lead in a diverse 21st century.
The book conveys:
• the experiences of some Jewish and Muslim schools within England gathered from one-to one interviews with teachers, parents, and community representatives, and from focus groups with children;
• a more detailed understanding of Jewish and Muslim concepts of community;
• alternatives for preparing children for the skills and knowledge needed in the 21st century; and
• the implications for policy and practice in faith schools and those not characterized by a religious ethos or affiliation.
This publication is for school leaders, teachers, teacher trainers, students and parents. It will also interest government and non-government bodies relating to race relations and education.
"This well-researched book provides...insights into the intense efforts of Muslim and Jewish schools to maintain both their religious identity and wider community engagement in the face of whimsical government policies on multiculturalism and extremism."Dr. Musharraf Hussain Al Azhari, OBE, CEO and Chief Imam - , Karimia Institute
"At a time when faith schools in the UK are once again at the centre of educational debate, this book serves to add to the conversation."Dr. Helena Miller, Director of Research and Evaluation - , UJIA
Introduction: The context of learning
1. Faith schools: Historical and legal background
2. Faith schools and the wider community: Controversy and debate
3. Jewish perspectives and concepts of community
4. Muslim perspectives and concepts of community
5. Skills for engagement
6. Conclusion: Where reaching starts and stops