Baker & Taylor An ordained minister and education professor examines the conflict between religion and public education in the United States, describing the various ways in which the private issues of faith can be reconciled with the public nature of education.
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.
Book News Fraser (history and education, Northeastern U.) examines the historical context of today's battles over religious versus secular education in the public schools, offering the framework of democratic multiculturalism as a means of accepting different beliefs and practices in the public school environment, and providing practical steps for educators and citizens. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Baker & Taylor Discusses the problematic reconciliation of private issues of faith with the public nature of education in the United States