The Fourth R: Religion in the Public Schools

By Samuel Rabinove

American Jewish Committee (AJC), August 1982

This paper focuses on the history and current emphasis of the national debate on religion in the public schools. A major campaign is under way to reintroduce religion into American public schools. This campaign is fueled partly, but not exclusively, by the religious "New Right," and has been given a considerable boost by President Reagan, who strongly supported school prayers as a candidate and has proposed a Constitutional amendment to overcome the Constitutional barriers to such activity. The rationale for this drive is the belief that this country has suffered a massive breakdown of public order and morality, and that this can only be cured by restoring to our children the traditional faith, values and respect for authority upon which the nation is founded.

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

Name of Publication: Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers

Volume/Issue: 11

Page Number(s): 1--16

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Rabinove, Samuel. The Fourth R: Religion in the Public Schools. Our Stake in the Urban Condition: Pertinent Papers. American Jewish Committee (AJC). August 1982: 1--16.


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