Author and academic Marion Maddox argues in her latest book that the proliferation of faith-based schools, paid for often largely by the government, is undermining Australia's pioneering system of free and secular school education.
Australia's pioneering system of free and secular school education. In Taking God to School: The End of Australia's Egalitarian Education?, Professor Maddox, who is a practising Christian, says some religious schools teach unscientific doctrine alongside science and enjoy exemptions from anti-discrimination laws.
The head of Christian Schools Australia, Stephen O'Doherty, says the low-fee Christian school sector -- which educates about 130,000 children -- also enrol students from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with learning difficulties, and while they do teach Biblical principles, they also adhere to the state-approved curricula.
Marion Maddox and Stephen O'Doherty debate her book.
Producer/Presenter: Andrew West