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Public Education

  1. A Bible Curriculum for Public Schools by Luke Timothy Johnson

    In reviewing a book on the influence of the Bible, the author comes to two conclusions about the book: 1. Students’ cultural ignorance goes far beyond the Bible. 2. The closer that writers and artists are to the present, the more difficult it is to make the case that they are in any sense shaped by the Bible.

  2. Curriculum in the Public Schools: Can Compromise Be Reached? by Charles L. Glenn

    The author argues that the public schools ought not teach a value system and a world view contrary to the beliefs and values of the children's parents.

  3. Falling Behind: An Interview with Jonathan Kozol by Jonathan Kozol

    There is a general sense that society no longer intends to bring black and Hispanic children into the mainstream of society. The public schools today are every bit as segregated as they were in 1964, in the days of Martin Luther King.

  4. Making Schools Work For The Rich And The Poor by Ronald J. Sider

    The author argues for large expenditures in public education to remedy the ills of inner-city school. Money should be spent to experiment both with school vouchers and with other reforms.

  5. Religion-free Texts: Getting An Illiberal Education by Warren A. Nord

    The author argues that in trying to be neutral to religion our public schools are actually hostile to religion. He would like to see religion restored to the curriculum.

  6. The Bible in the Classroom by Mark A. Chancey

    There is a countrywide push to teach the National Council on Biblical Curriculum in public schools, but its curriculum is a blatant attempt to project far-right aspects of the Bible.

  7. The Bible’s Place in the Public School by Rose Sallberg Kam

    The Supreme Court Justices have strongly encouraged instruction in the Bible as a literary and historical document, use of the Bible as a reference book, and study of the role religions have played in the development of civilization. Now that religion is ‘in’ it is possible to teach the most influential book in all of Western literature -- and to teach it without coercion or apology.

  8. The Hopeful Years: Children of the South Bronx by Jonathan Kozol

    The more time the author spends with inner-city children, the less credible and less legitimate large distinctions between them and other children seem.

  9. Transmitting a Vision: Religion in Independent Schools by Daniel R. Heischman

    Few other intellectual disciplines in our modern technological world go as unattended as moral and spiritual awareness among young people.