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God in the classroom : religion and America's public schools

Author: R Murray Thomas
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Rowman & Littlefield Education paperback edView all editions and formats
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Focuses on the seven major types of conflicts over the proper role of religion in schools that have become particularly confrontational during the first decade of the twenty-first century. The cases on which the chapters focus concern issues that currently are being hotly debated in America. Controversies are described in relation to their historical origins and the author shows how the history affects current  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Murray Thomas
ISBN: 9781578866991 1578866995
OCLC Number: 229021696
Description: vi, 285 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction : as seen from here. Illustrative conflicts over religion in schools ; State, religion, secular public, and schools ; Belief constituencies ; Traditions and critical events ; Conclusion --
2. From then to now. A background sketch ; Trends of the times, 1600-2007 ; Summary --
3. God and Darwin. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
4. Curricula and text materials. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
5. Prayer and scripture reading. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
6. Holidays and celebrations. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
7. Financial support. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
8. The pledge of allegiance. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
9. Released time and clubs. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
10. Symbols and maxims. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
11. Sexual matters. How the controversy developed ; Guidelines for educators --
12. State/church/secularists/schools. The state ; The church ; The concerned secular public ; The public schools ; Conclusion.
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Focuses on the seven major types of conflicts over the proper role of religion in schools that have become particularly confrontational during the first decade of the twenty-first century. The cases on which the chapters focus concern issues that currently are being hotly debated in America. Controversies are described in relation to their historical origins and the author shows how the history affects current understanding of the issues. Thomas does not take sides in the arguments; rather, he lays out the arguments, their historical and cultural contexts, and the groups that debate them and their goals. --From publisher description.

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Thomas attempts to show how religious interests intersect with the contemporary American public school. After a brief introduction and a chapter that details the history of religion in education, the Read more...

 
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