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The Contribution of the Church of Scotland to School Education, 1772-1872


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Fulfilling a Vision by John Stevenson

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Synopsis: Education has contributed enormously to the Scottish national character. The emphasis has always been on making a good education available to all and on giving those with talent every opportunity of advancement. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, however, it was clear that the provision of schooling was failing to meet the needs of an expanding population and the growth and diversification of the economy. In 1824 the Church of Scotland began an ambitious program to tackle the problem. In setting up new schools and the first teacher training colleges, the Church saw itself as supplementing an existing system of national education for which it shared a statutory managerial responsibility. This book offers an account of the struggles and achievements of the Church of Scotland over some fifty years as it sought to control and strengthen school education throughout the country. In so doing, it furthered the model of education for which Scotland became famous. Readers interested in current debates about the curriculum and standards in school education, the involvement of parents, the place of religious education, and the desirability or otherwise of faith schools will recognize their beginnings in these pages. Endorsement: "A commitment to public education is the spine of the Scottish Reformed tradition. John Stevenson's authoritative study of the resilience of the Church of Scotland in sustaining that Reformation commitment in the face of the enormous challenges of a modern society undergoing profound economic and social change is an inspiring example to Reformed churches and educators around the world today. I commend it to that global readership and to all who are concerned for education." -Dr. William Storrar Director, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey "John Stevenson provides an original and important study into developments in education at a crucial time in Scottish history. This insightful analysis fills a gap in our understanding by focusing on policy at the national level through the work of the Church of Scotland's Education Committee. Education and the National Church were inseparable, making this book essential reading for anyone interested in Scotland's past and, through the Scottish diaspora, its influence on education systems in many other countries." -Peter Hillis Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland Author, The Barony of Glasgow: A Window onto Church and People in Nineteenth-Century Scotland (2007) Author Biography: John Stevenson is a retired Church of Scotland minister. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2005. As a minister he served in three parishes before being appointed as General Secretary in the Church's Department of Education, which is responsible for the Church's interest in state education and religious education in schools. He has been chairman of the Association for the Teaching of Religious Education in Scotland (ATRES) and of the Religious Education Movement in Scotland. For a number of years Stevenson represented the Church of Scotland on the European Forum for the Teaching of Religious Education (EFTRE); on the Scottish Inter Faith Association; and on the UK Council of Christians and Jews. In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Educational Institute of Scotland (FEIS) for his services to school education.
Release date NZ
March 2nd, 2012
Foreword by William F Storrar
Country of Publication
United States
black & white illustrations
Wipf & Stock Publishers
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