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Religion & Spirituality in the Public School Curriculum

Ronald D. Anderson

The heart of a truly complete education lies in individual students’ integration of understandings from the many dimensions of their lives – religious, academic, and personal. The general failing of formal schooling to achieve such an education is linked to the ongoing struggle over the role of religion, particularly in public education, where the teaching of evolution, discussions of sexual practice, and various literary interpretations pose a dilemma for schools in our diverse and pluralistic society with its constitutional constraints. With careful attention to both the full sweep of the purposes of education and alternative theories of curriculum, this book charts a path for public schools in resolving this dilemma.