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THE LONG VIEW
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Tuesday, 9 April 2002, 9:00-9:30 and repeated 21:30 - 22:00
Jonathan Freedland looks for the past behind the present. Each week, The Long View, recorded on location throughout the British Isles, takes an issue from the current affairs agenda and finds a parallel in our past.
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Arguments about religion in Schools mirrored 150 years ago
In this week's The Long View, Jonathan Freedland explores the role of religion in the school curriculum.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin found his own village of Downe was torn apart over a row about the local school: would the local squire's favouring of a secular curriculum win out over the vicar's desire for more religious content, especially when government money depended on it?

The role of religion in our own schools has been highlighted by the debate over Emmanuel College, Gateshead, teaching creationism to its pupils along with evolution. What about children in our schools of faiths other than Christianity? Is it okay to teach the Bible so long as it's not in a science lesson? Who decides what's taught in our schools?

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Left-hand picture: Randal Keynes, Richard Hart, Linus Roache, Jonathan Freedland, Richard Dawkins and Alan Smithers
Right-hand picture: Alan Smithers and Randal Keynes during a recording.

Left-hand picture: Foreground - Linus Roache and Pastor Richard Hart
Right-hand picture: Down House
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Jonathan Freedland takes The Long View of religion in schools with:
Professor Richard Dawkins.
Randal Keynes, (Darwin's great-great-grandson).
Linus Roache, Actor
Professor Alan Smithers, Professor of Education at the University of Liverpool.
Pastor Richard Hart, Pastor at Downe Village Baptist Congregation
Abigail - pupil in Year 4 at Downe Primary

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JONATAHN FREEDLAND
Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. A weekly columnist for the Guardian and the London Evening Standard, he is the author of Bring Home the Revolution, an acclaimed analysis of modern America, and more recently a family memoir, Jacob's Gift. Next year he will publish a thriller: The Righteous Men. Read more about Jonathan Freedland

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