Key words: education, faith-based, non-faith-based,
The paper describes the historic relationship between
secular (non-faith based) and faith-based education in Serbia. After
revolutionary changes in education brought by the Empress Maria
Theresa, religious contents and the role of the church in education
were strictly following one another until they were completely abandoned
in communist Yugoslavia. After the country broke up in the end of
the 20th century, faith-based contents and the role of the church
in education were rehabilitated. At present, there have been broad
discussions regarding clericalization of education in Serbia suggesting
reestablishment of fully non-faith based education in state-owned
schools. The authors discuss the advantages and disadvantages of
those historic processes from the social democracy development aspect
Ivan Jerkovic is assistant professor of developmental psychology
and psychopathology at University of Novi Sad. His recent work is
in the field of evaluation of teachers` training quality at university
level of education.
Mihael Antolovic is assistant in history at
Teacher Education Faculty, and postgraduate student of history.
He is interested in minority position, including education, in Serbian
society during XX century.