School Wars: Resolving Our Conflicts Over Religion and Values

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Never before in the history of the United States has there been such profound debate over curricula and programs in the public schools. Politically active Christian conservatives, often identified as the "Religious Right," have charged there is a conspiracy to destroy America by subjecting our children to a too-liberal, anti-family, atheistic curriculum. And years of misunderstanding and criticism - at times extreme and inaccurate - have contributed to the belief that American public education simply doesn't work. School Wars takes an objective look at the controversy surrounding religion and education and offers educators, community leaders, and parents a better way to understand and respond to the differing world views that lie at the center of this ongoing debate. Drawing on their combined backgrounds of religious study and practice, as well as years of experience working in the field of education, the authors present research in educational theory and practice, highlight important court cases, and draw on philosophical and religious studies to reveal a foundation for understanding the conflicting world views at issue. They respond to attacks against educational programs, materials, and methods ranging from criticism of sex education and multiculturalism to challenges to contemporary fiction and classic literary works. They show how, if public schools are to serve children in all communities, the philosophies that underlie educational reform, the beliefs and concerns of critics, and relevant First Amendment rights and responsibilities must be understood - and techniques for a new consensus developed.

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This primer challenges organizations and groups that are pushing for change in U.S. public schools. The focus is on conservative Christian groups that are most vocally, forcefully, and politically ... Read full review


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BARBARA B. GADDY, an education consultant and communications specialist, is a member of the executive committee of the Colorado Language Arts Society. T. WILLIAM HALL is an ordained Methodist minister, religion scholar, and professor emeritus at Syracuse University. ROBERT J. MARZANO, who spent four years as a monk with the Christian Brothers of Ireland, is a trainer for the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory.

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