Thank you for revealing the unpleasant experiences of some parents who had applied for places for children in your report ( JC, April 18). You quoted a modern Orthodox couple who were “told by various different governors what they thought of us. One said he didn’t like the way I looked. They didn’t approve because my husband wore jeans to shul on weekdays.” Another mother was questioned about which rabbi she had consulted about the laws concerning family purity. And certain schools were strongly against admitting children of other faiths despite vacant places.
Such attitudes and policies in some schools are not acceptable and the JC is to be congratulated for exposing them. State-maintained faith schools are just that — schools that are largely paid for by us all as taxpayers — so there must be some limit to the conditions such schools are permitted to impose. If a school wishes to impose conditions which reflect its own particular view of its religion — and is not prepared to admit pupils of other faiths even when it has space for them — the school is entitled to do so. But it has no right to expect the taxpayer to finance it. Those schools which expect state aid while imposing such warped notions of what constitutes good Jewish education are a disgraceful reflection on all decent and intelligent Jews. S Walinets Barnard Castle, Co Durham