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

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St. Martin's Press, 1999 - Education - 278 pages
The relationship of religion and public education is, once again, a burning issue, with renewed debates about school prayer, ways to teach the Bible, and the relationship of religion and science. Though too few people know about it, battles over the proper relationship of religion to public education have gone on in the United States for as long as there have been public schools. At the most basic level, the debates about the relationship are debates about the nature of democratic culture. Who defines the dominant culture of the nation? How are minority rights and traditions protected? How are the deepest, and sometimes most diverse, issues of faith reconciled with the very public and common nature of schooling? How, after all, do we find a way for the school to be the public square where respectful and informed conversation can happen around beliefs which are both deeply held and radically different from individual to individual and sub-group to sub-group? Between Church and State explores these issues in terms of historical context, contemporary public policy debates, and practical steps for educators and other concerned citizens.

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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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