Between Church and State: Religion and Public Education in a Multicultural America

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 2, 2000 - Education - 278 pages

Today, the ongoing battle between religion and public education is once again a burning issue in the United States. Prayer in the classroom, the teaching of creationism, the representation of sexuality in the classroom, and the teaching of morals are just a few of the subjects over which these institutions are skirmishing. James Fraser shows that though these battles have been going on for as long as there have been public schools, there has never been any consensus about the proper relationship between religion and public education. Looking at the most difficult question of how private issues of faith can be reconciled with the very public nature of schooling, Fraser paints a picture of our multicultural society that takes our relationship with God into account.


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This is a survey and continues up to almost the contemporary period. There are some good historical quotes and the work shows the increasing intrusion of the federal government into school operations. Read full review

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Ordained minister and professor Fraser (history, Northeastern Univ.) has penned a vibrant account of the historic tension between American public schools and established religion. The root of the ... Read full review


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James W. Fraser is Professor of History and Education and Director for Innovation in Urban Education at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. Fraser has also been Pastor of Grace Church, Federated in East Boston, Massachusetts since 1986. With Theresa Perry, he is also the editor of Freedom's Plow.

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