ERIC Number: ED251350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Including the Study about Religions in the Social Studies Curriculum: A Position Statement and Guidelines.
Dilzer, Robert J., Jr.
Based on a National Council for the Social Studies position statement on the essentials of social studies, a rationale for teaching about religions in the social studies is presented. The author's rationale includes the following points: (1) that knowledge about religion is not only characteristic of an educated person but also necessary for understanding and living in a world of diversity, (2) that knowledge of religious differences and the role of religion in the contemporary world can help promote understanding and alleviate prejudice, (3) that omitting study about religions gives students the impression that religion has not been and is not now a significant part of the human experience, and (4) that knowledge of the religious dimension of human history and culture is needed for a balanced and comprehensive education. Following the rationale, supporting statements by Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark in the case of "Abington versus Schempp" and the concurring opinion of Justice William Brennan are quoted. Fourteen guidelines for the study of religion, nine course objectives for a semester-length course entitled "Religions of Man," and a course outline are presented. Course topics include: introduction to religious studies, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, Confucianism and Taoism, and Shinto. A bibliography listing over 50 books, periodicals, filmstrips, slide presentations, and organizations dealing with religious studies concludes the paper. (LH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (64th, Washington, DC, November 15-19, 1984).