AS10 Week 4 - Aldermen. The Public School Society say that...

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Describe the arguments for and against publicly funded religious schools. What role did Anti-Catholicism play in the push for secular schools? The majority of the arguments for the public funding of religious schools came from Reverend John Hughes. He argued that the Catholic people deserve an entitlement to participate in the common benefits. He argues that the current public school system is very biased toward Protestants and against Catholics. Hughes states that in many of the texts provided by the schools, words such as "popery," and negative remarks are abundant. Hughes says that even the Public School Society itself recognized and withdrew these texts. John Hughes said that the Catholics were pushing for education that was not "sectarian." Sectarian was a word used for and against the Catholics, by both sides. The arguments against the Catholic schools came from The Public School Society and the Special Committee on Schools of the New York City Board of
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Unformatted text preview: Aldermen. The Public School Society say that funding religious schools is unconstitutional because that the State charter only calls for funding common schools, and that the Catholic ideals aren't "common." Furthermore, The PSS says that it is unconstitutional because the community would be taxed to support Catholic dogmas which will be inculcated, or forced, onto the community. He also makes the argument that admissions of religious schools into the public school fund would destroy the current, successful common schools. Another anti-Catholic argument for the push for secular schools was that more good can come from concentrating funds into one channel. The Special COmmittee on Schools said the main reason that they could not allow religious schools into the public funds was that the petitioners were not willing to agree to the terms of that didn't recognize the distinctive character of their schools....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2011 for the course AMST 10 taught by Professor Saul during the Fall '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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