Education: Renaissance in Britain

For the dreadful blitz days of 1940, the editorial in the London Times may have seemed a minor issue. But not to the Times's readers. The editorial had simply reported that out of a group of 31 children evacuated to the country, 19 did not know who was born on the first Christmas Day. The paper was hardly on the street before hundreds of Britons were writing in, blitz notwithstanding, to deplore the work of "our Godless schools.",

The Times's readers were not alone in worrying about the schools, or in resenting the religious vacuum the schools had created. In a...

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