ERIC Number: ED365611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Placement of Religion in the Social Studies Curriculum. Committee Report.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
This document is the report of a committee charged with two tasks: (1) to examine the state recommended sequence of study and the recommended textbooks for purposes of determining whether or not North Carolina's students were afforded adequate opportunities to study the roles of religion in shaping the human heritage in the United States and the larger world; and (2) to report its findings and to make appropriate recommendations to the State Board of Education. The report contains background material about the importance of education about religion for understanding culture and history, textbook content, the legal issue of the separation of church and state and its implications for teaching religion as opposed to teaching about religion in the public schools, pedagogical issues, and the curriculum in areas other than social studies. Recommendations of the committee include: (1) adopting suggested revisions to the social studies section of the curriculum and the teacher handbook that accompanies it; (2) alerting textbook publishers and the state textbook commission of the changes; (3) taking steps to acquaint school administrators, school boards, and teachers with the law pertaining to teaching about religion in the school and with approaches to dealing with questions; (4) linking curriculum revision with provision for state wide staff development programs; and (5) considering the need for examining the teaching about religion in other curriculum areas. The committee suggests that history and social studies cannot be taught adequately without significant reference to the role of religion. (DK)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
Identifiers: North Carolina