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ERIC Number: EJ1136694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Morality as the Substructure of Social Justice: Religion in Education as a Case in Point
Potgieter, Ferdinand J.
South African Journal of Education, v31 n3 394-406 2011
Moral issues and principles do not only emerge in cases of conflict among, for instance, religious communities or political parties; indeed they form the moral substructure of notions of social justice. During periods of conflict each opponent claims justice for his/her side and bases the claim on certain principles. In this article, reference is made to the differences among South Africans about the extent to which religion and religious differences in the population should be accommodated in public school education. Explorative hermeneutic phenomenology facilitates an investigation into the nexus between social justice and its moral substructure. This is followed by a discussion of the moral dilemma facing education policymakers regarding the accommodation of religion in public education, with the aid of two contrasting metaphors, namely, the "Strict Father" and the "Nurturant Parent."
Descriptors: Social Justice, Morale, Case Studies, Public Schools, Public Education, State Church Separation, Role of Religion, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa