Defending Religious Diversity in Public Schools: A Practical Guide for Building Our Democracy and Deepening Our Education

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ABC-CLIO, 2009 - Education - 214 pages
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Defending Religious Diversity in Public Schools: A Practical Guide for Building Our Democracy and Deepening Our Education makes a powerful case for exposing students to the multiplicity of faiths practiced in the United States and around the world then offers a range of practical solutions for promoting religious understanding and tolerance in the school environment.

Nathan Kollar's timely volume centers on the common issues associated with respecting religion in people's lives, including religious identities, the religious rights of students, bullying and other acts of intolerance, and legal perspectives on what should and should not happen in the classroom. It then focuses on the skills teachers, counselors, and administrators need to master to address those issues, including forming an advocacy coalition, listening, cultural analysis, conflict resolution, institutional development, choosing a leader, and keeping up to date with all the latest research developments from both the legal and educational communities.

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Contents

Recognizing and Respecting Sacred Ground
1
Marking the Sacred on Common Ground
25
Those Who Live on Sacred Ground
49
Live and Grow Together or Survive Apart?
73
My Sacred Ground Not Yours
93
Responsibility for Common Life
119
Learning about Sacred Grounds
141
My Way or No Way
163
The Stakeholders ChallengePutting Humpty Dumpty Together Again
179
Appendices
185
Notes
197
Index
211
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About the author (2009)

Nathan R. Kollar is professor emeritus of religious studies at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of Rochester, NY, and cofounder and chair of the Board of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY.

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