Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum

Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum

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The authors chart a middle course in our war over religion and public education, one that builds on a developing national consensus among educational and religious leaders. While it is not proper for schools to practice religion or proselytize, neither is it permissible to make them religion-free zones. Schools do not take religion seriously, as the authors' review of textbooks and the new national content standards makes clear. In Part One, they outline the civic, constitutional, and educational frameworks that should shape the treatment of religion in the curriculum and classroom. In Part Two, they explore major issues relating to religion in different domains of the curriculum in elementary education and in middle and high school courses in history, civics, economics, literature, and the sciences. They also discuss Bible courses and world religions courses and explore the relationship of religion to moral education and sex education.Students tackle California history in grade 4, begin American history in grade 5, and study ancient civilizations in grade 6. ... more discussion of religion in California classrooms, particularly in 6th grade.1 Sixth grade students are studying Hebrew religion (including passages from ... 1 Some textbook publishers have responded to the California call for more study of religion, most notably Houghton-Mifflin.

Title:Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum
Author:Warren A. Nord, Charles C. Haynes
Publisher:ASCD - 1998


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