Book Review of 'Taking God to School: The End of Australia’s Egalitarian Education?' by Marion Maddox (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
Book Reviewed by John Carr, Brisbane CBD Group, Sea of Faith Australia
The recent publication of several books on the relationship between religion and education in Australia is timely for us in SoFiA as “Religion in Education” will be the topic for the 2015 Conference.
Marion Maddox’s book joins such other Australian works as: Chris Bonnor and Jane Caro’s What Makes a Good School?, NewSouth Publishing, 2012; David Gillespie’s Free Schools: How to get a good education for your kids without spending a fortune, McMillan Pan, 2014; and Cathy Byrne’s Religion in Secondary Education: What, in heaven’s name, are we teaching our children?, Brill, 2014.
Bonnor and Caro’s, and Gillespie’s books are rather journalistic, while Maddox’s and Byrne’s are relatively academic. The books by Bonnor and Caro, and Gillespie are aimed at parents currently agonising over school selection, while Byrne’s book on curriculum content is based on her 2012 Ph.D. thesis, supervised by Dr Maddox of Macquarie University. Cathy Byrne has agreed to be the keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.
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