Religion in Public Education: A Guide for Discussion

By Philip Jacobson

American Jewish Committee (AJC), 1968

This is a discussion guide regarding religion in public school education. Subject to constant re-examination and reassessment, our schools today face problems far more intense than ever before in our history: they must serve ever-increasing numbers of children, for longer and longer periods of their lives; their already crowded curricula are expected to keep pace with a constantly expanding body of knowledge; they are at the center of a revolutionary ferment in our cities, with pressures for integration, decentralization and community control; and the school budgets are in no way adequate to these tasks. Two questions are particularly troubling for many thoughtful citizens: First, where does religion fit into the school curriculum, considering that the public school is an institution maintained by public funds for the benefit of our heterogeneous population? And second, what responsibility, if any, does the government have for the support of religiously controlled schools?

Topic: Schools, Religion and State, Public Policy, Religion, Government

Page Number(s): 1-45

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Jacobson, Philip. Religion in Public Education: A Guide for Discussion. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 1968: 1-45.


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