Barnehagens formålsparagraf – hvordan skal den forstås?
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Original versionHovdelien, O. (2012). Barnehagens formålsparagraf – hvordan skal den forstås? Prismet 63(2-3)
As of August 1st 2010 the new objects clause of the Norwegian kindergarten entered into force. This objects clause stated that the kindergarten is based on the fundamental values of Christian and humanistic heritage and tradition, combined with values that are expressed in different religions and beliefs and also made clear in the Human Rights Declaration. In this article I argue, in dialogue with typologies of different forms of secularity and secularism by Charles Taylor, that the objects clause can be understood as a form of "common ground strategy". Such soft secularism can be seen as a possible unifying value foundation for the future across cultural affiliations as long as the rights of the parents are respected.