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Curriculum, religion, and public education

conversations for an enlarging public square

Published by Teachers College Press in New York .
Written in English.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Introduction. Contemporary curricular debates -- Book organization -- A change of thinking --
1. History, religion and schooling : a context for conversation. Protestant pluralism and schooling in early America -- Evangelicals and the establishment of "common" schools -- Dealing with dissenters -- From establishmentarians to dissenters --

  1. Encounters in law, philosophy, religion and education --

  2. Crossing boundaries and becoming the other : voices across borders. Tribalization of America -- The new American tribes -- The church and academe : the education of a secularist -- Voices Along the Border -- Concluding remarks --

  3. Dialogue, religion, and tolerance : how to talk to people who are wrong about (almost) everything -- Public dialogue should be governed by conversational restraint -- Tolerance does not depend on moral relativism -- Absolutism and relativism are not useful concepts -- Distinguishing between what schools can discuss and what they can advocate -- Dialogue depends on an adequate grounding of people's perspectives -- Dialogue depends on the virtue of reasonableness --

  4. Religion and the textbooks. The Gablers and the Rutherford Institute -- A contemporary critique of civics and history texts -- Conclusion --

  5. It's not about the books : textbook controversies and the need for uncertain conversations. Creating oppositional identities -- Simplifying the issues -- Creating silence -- Viewing the half-full glass -- Community dialogue: questing for certainty and uncertainty : the role of teacher and text. Suggested additional readings on textbooks --

  6. Why a functional definition of religion is necessary if justice is to be achieved in public education -- A functional view of religion -- A question of choice --

  7. Moral education as a form of life -- Two basic approaches -- Beyond specific programs -- Community dialogue : is there a common moral framework that schools can embrace? -- Suggested additional readings on values --

  8. Sex education should exclusively endorse abstinence as the only effective prevention of the unacceptable risks of nonmarital sexual relations -- Nonmarital sexual relations cause massive problems -- Decades of "safer-sex" education approaches have not adequately prevented problematic sexual behavior -- Unscientific assumptions pervading failed sex education -- Logic and scientific facts indicate that only exclusive abstinence education will achieve genuine prevention -- The only truly compassionate type of sex education endorses risk elimination, not risk reduction -- Counseling for the sexually involved minority -- Conclusion: universal cross-cultural, compassionate education --

  9. Teaching and researching sexualities in a socially responsible manner -- Getting back to basics -- The new basics of sexualities education and research : a conflict perspective -- Conclusion -- Community dialogue : sexual behaviors and sexual cultures -- Suggested additional readings on sexuality education --

  10. The fundamentalist right, the "new paradigm," and outcome-based education -- OBE, post-Fordism, and the "new paradigm" in school restructuring -- OBE and the fundamentalist right -- Conclusion --

  11. Outcome-Based Education : can it be redeemed? -- Battleground states -- Concerns about scope and values -- Charter schools -- Conclusion -- Community dialogue : a matter of fairness and equity -- Suggested additional readings on Outcome-Based Education --

  12. The problem of dogmatism in science education -- The case of evolution by natural selection -- Lessons to be learned --

  13. The two controversies over evolution -- Naturalism -- Personal and public opinions -- The task for science educators -- Community dialogue : from six days to 4.6 billion years -- Suggested additional readings on science.


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Library of Congress
LC111 .C844 1998

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